Anguilla is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean,
the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles.
It consists of 5 islands, with the capital, The Valley situated
on the main island of Anguilla. The total area of the territory
is 102 sq km, with a population of approximately 14,000 in
by English settlers from Saint Kitts in 1650, the island of
Anguilla was administered by Great Britain until the early
19th century, when the island - against the wishes of the
inhabitants - was incorporated into a single British dependency
along with Saint Kitts and Nevis. Several attempts at separation
failed, including a referendum on 11 July 1967 with 1813 votes
for secession and 5 against. In 1971, two years after a revolt
which prompted a British military intervention, Anguilla was
finally allowed to secede from Saint Kitts and Nevis; this
arrangement was formally recognized in 1980 with Anguilla
becoming a separate British dependency, which it remains.