British Leeward Islands

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British Leeward Islands
British colony
1833–1958
 


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Anthem
"God Save the Queen"
Capital St. John's
Languages English
Government Constitutional monarchy
Monarch
 -  1952-1960 (last) Elizabeth II
Governor
 -  1956–1958 (last) Alexander Thomas Williams
History
 -  Established 1833
 -  Federation 1871
 -  Dominica joined 1871
 -  Dominica left 1940
 -  West Indies Federation 1958
 -  Federation dissolved 31 May 1962
Area
 -  1958 1,047 km² (404 sq mi)
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Anguilla
Antigua
Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Dominica
Montserrat
Nevis
Saint Kitts
West Indies Federation
British Virgin Islands

The British Leeward Islands was a British colony existing between 1833 and 1960, and consisting of Antigua, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla and (to 1940) Dominica.

The previous colony of the Leeward Islands had existed since 1671, but in 1816 it was divided in two, with Antigua, Barbuda and Montserrat in one colony, and Saint Christopher, Nevis, Anguilla, and the Virgin Islands in another.

The British Leeward Islands was reformed in 1833, with the Governor of Antigua serving as Governor until 1871. The colony became known as the Federal Colony of the Leeward Islands from 1871 to 1956 and the Territory of the Leeward Islands from 1956 to 1960.

The "Leeward Islands" is still the title of one of the Caribbean first-class cricket sides.

Postage stamps[edit]

The British Leeward Islands all used postage stamps inscribed "LEEWARD ISLANDS" between 1890 and 1 July 1956, often concurrently with stamps inscribed with the colony's name; for more detail, see postage stamps and postal history of the Leeward Islands.

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