British Leeward Islands

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This article is about the historical British colony in the Caribbean. For other uses, see Leeward Islands (disambiguation).
British Leeward Islands
British colony


"God Save the Queen/King"
Capital St. John's
Languages English (official)
Spanish, Jamaican Creole
Government Constitutional monarchy
 •  1952-1960 (last) Elizabeth II
 •  1956–1958 (last) Alexander Thomas Williams
 •  Established 1833
 •  Federation 1871
 •  Dominica joined 1871
 •  Dominica left 1940
 •  West Indies Federation 1958
 •  Federation dissolved 31 May 1962
 •  1958 1,047 km² (404 sq mi)
Preceded by
Succeeded by
British Virgin Islands
Saint Kitts
West Indies Federation
British Virgin Islands
Today part of  Anguilla
 Antigua and Barbuda
 British Virgin Islands
 Cayman Islands
 Saint Kitts and Nevis
 Saint Lucia
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
 Trinidad and Tobago
 Turks and Caicos 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 was absorbed into the West Indies Federation in 1958.

A representative Leeward Islands cricket team continues to participate in West Indian domestic cricket.

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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