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Anguillan Gambling Laws

There are no casinos or lottery games in Anguilla. This is primarily due to the islandís remote location and its vulnerability to hurricanes. Anguilla is a tourist destination, so gaming resorts would help attract customer. The legal drinking age is 18.

Anguilla Information

Anguilla is part of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. Located in the Caribbean, it is considered a British overseas territory. Anguilla is comprised of a number of small islands with no permanent population, as well as the main island of Anguilla.

Located east of Puerto Rico, the main island is 16 miles long and 3 miles wide, and the combined land area of all the islands is 39.4 square miles. As of 206, the population was estimated to be 13,500. From June to November, the island is often ravaged by hurricanes.

Some of the smaller islands of Anguilla are:

- Anguillita
- Dog Island
- Prickly Pear Cays
- Scrub Island
- Seal Island
- Sombrero
- Sandy Island

The discovery of Anguilla is somewhat in dispute. According to some experts, Columbus first spotted the island in 1493, while others maintain that the French discovered it in either 1564 or 1565.

In 1650, it was first colonized by English settlers from Saint Kitts, and a slave depot existed there by 1672. The island was controlled by Britain until the early 19th century, when it was incorporated into a British dependency along with Nevis and Saint Kitts.

Rebellions occurred in 1967 and 1969, and for a time the island was ruled as an independent republic. In 1969, British rule was restored, and Anguilla became a British dependency in 1980.

The islandís soil makes it unsuitable for agriculture, so the main industries of Anguilla are tourism, fishing, offshore banking and offshore incorporation. For the latter reasons, many finance and insurance companies make their homes in Anguilla. The tourism industry has significantly increased since 2005.

The official currency of Anguilla is the East Caribbean dollar. The US dollar is also accepted throughout the island.

Most of the residents are black, with their ancestors having been transported as slaves to Anguilla. About 3.74% of the island is white, although this number has been on the rise. In 2006 and 2007, a large number of Mexican, Indian and Chinese workers were brought in to work due to the tourism boom.

The Christian religion is the major belief system on Anguilla, with 40 percent of the population involved in Anglicanism. Methodist, Baptist, Roman Catholic, Jehovahís Witnesses and Seventh-day Adventist are also present.

The most common languages on the island are Standard English and Anguillian, which is a native Creole dialect. Spanish and Chinese can also be found due to immigrants working in the tourism sector.

The national sport of Anguilla is sailing, and regattas are often held during holidays. Cricket is also popular, as is the case in many former British colonies.

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