Is it pronounced Antigua or Antiga?

“You’ve never been in the Caribbean before and you’re starting with Antigua?” Friends say this when they hear about my upcoming West Indies debut, as though there’s a proper order for breaking into the Antilles. “Also,” says another, “it’s An-tee-guh.

How do you pronounce Antigua island?

How do the Islanders pronounce Caribbean?

Most islanders say “ker-i-BEE-uhn,” and this is also the preferred pronunciation in most dictionaries. Like all dictionaries, the Merriam-Webster phonetically divides Caribbean into “ker-ə-bē-ən” and notes that the first recorded use was in 1772.

Is Antigua French or Dutch?

History of Antigua and Barbuda. Antigua was visited in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, who named it for the Church of Santa Maria de la Antigua in Sevilla, Spain. It was colonized by English settlers in 1632 and remained a British possession although it was raided by the French in 1666.