British Leeward Islands

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Leeward Islands
British colony


Flag (1871–1956) Coat of arms
"God Save the Queen/King"
Capital St. John's
Languages English (official)
Spanish, Jamaican Creole
Government Constitutional monarchy
 •  1671–1702 William III (first)
 •  1952–1958 Elizabeth II (last)
 •  1671–1686 Christopher Codrington, Sr. (first)
 •  1956–1958 Alexander Thomas Williams (last)
 •  Established 1671
 •  Divided 1816
 •  Reformed 1833
 •  Federal colony 1871
 •  Dominica joined 1871
 •  Dominica left 1940
 •  Joined 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

The British Leeward Islands refers to the Leeward Islands as a British colony from 1671 to 1958 (excluding 1816 to 1833). The Leeward Islands was established as a colony in 1671. In 1816, it was divided in two regions: Antigua, Barbuda, and Montserrat in one colony, and Saint Christopher, Nevis, Anguilla, and the Virgin Islands in the other.

The Leeward Islands was reformed in 1833, with the reunification of the islands under the administration of the Governor of Antigua 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. Dominica became part of the colony in 1871 and left in 1940.

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

Postage stamps[edit]

The islands of the 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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