Boggy Peak

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Boggy Peak
Boggy Peak.JPG
Highest point
Elevation402 m (1,319 ft)[1]
Prominence402 m (1,319 ft)[2]
ListingAntigua's highest point
Coordinates17°02′31″N 61°51′04″W / 17.04194°N 61.85111°W / 17.04194; -61.85111Coordinates: 17°02′31″N 61°51′04″W / 17.04194°N 61.85111°W / 17.04194; -61.85111[2]
Geography
Parent rangeShekerley Mountains
Enumeration District
CountryAntigua and Barbuda
IslandAntigua
ParishSaint Mary
Elevation
402 m (1,319 ft)
Population
 (2001)
 • Total147
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
Enumeration District Number
82700

Boggy Peak, formerly named Mount Obama, is the highest point of the Shekerley Mountains on the island of Antigua. It lies in the southwest region of the island, and rises to a height of 402 metres (1,319 ft).[2][3]

History[edit]

The area has significant cultural heritage as it was used during slavery times for sugarcane plantations. The name originated from slave masters telling stories about the dangers of the Boogie Man who took spirits and lived up in the mountains. This was to discourage slaves from escaping and running into the mountains. Runaways were able to make their own settlements in the mountains and actually live out their lives apart from enslavement.[citation needed]

On August 4, 2009, the peak was renamed Mount Obama by then-Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, after United States president Barack Obama.[4] The original name was restored on June 21, 2016.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boggy Peak" on summitpost.org Retrieved 2011-09-29.
  2. ^ a b c "Boggy Peak" on Peakbagger Retrieved 2011-09-29.
  3. ^ "NGA GEOnet Names Server". National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2008-07-07. Archived from the original on 2003-10-08. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
  4. ^ "Antigua's highest peak renamed 'Mount Obama'". The Mercury News. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2022.