Liberta, Antigua and Barbuda
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|Country||Antigua and Barbuda|
|Parish||Saint Paul Parish|
|Time zone||UTC-4 (AST)|
Around the time of the 19th century British emancipation of slaves in British Antigua and Barbuda, a colonial plantation owner had financial troubles and was forced to sell off a part of her property in small lots. The ex-slaves in the neighbourhood bought up all the small freeholds, as they desired to own land in perpetuity. “Liberta”, meaning liberty and honoring the freed people, became the settlement's name in 1835. By 1842, a painted signboard near its border read: “The Village of Liberta”.
The new landowners immediately settled on the lots they had purchased, framed their houses, and cultivated their gardens. Besides working on nearby plantations, income was also earned working as mechanics at Nelson's Dockyard at Falmouth Harbour. Later on, their descendants also worked in other trades, such as tailors and shop keepers.
Liberta Junior Secondary serves grades 1-9 in the village. There is a small steelpan orchestra there.
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