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The History of Anguilla

Approximately 3500 years ago, a tribe of Amerindians left their native land of South America and sailed out to find a new home. They came across what is now considered Anguilla, with its luscious tropical rainforests and capacious coral reefs.

They named the island Malliouhana, which meant "arrow-headed sea serpent" in their native language of Arawak. "Malliouhana" soon became a bustling community with villages, farms, and ceremonial sites.

It was not long before Europeans began to notice the exquisite "Malliouhana." They named the island Anguilla, or "eel", due to the island's elongated shape.

In the 1650s, British settlers came to Anguilla and colonized the island. They set up plantations upon the farmlands to grow corn and tobacco. These establishments were short-lived however; when the Caribs; a warrior tribe from South America, overtook the population of the Arawak Indians and destroyed the plantations.

More troubles arose in 1666 when French forces overtook Anguilla. The island was relinquished to the British through the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, but the French continued attempts to invade the British-governed island for 150 years.

Anguilla became a single British colony that developed a high degree of home rule. In the 1830's; however, it was forced to become a union with nearby islands St. Kitts and Nevis. A chance for action did not arrive until 1958, when the St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla nation became a part of the Federation of the West Indies. The Federation collapsed only four years later, and as a result most islands gained institutional constitutions and St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla became an associated statehood. With these new privileges, Anguilla became inspired to fight for its independence.

The Anguillan Revolution or Anguilla's Independence Day, commenced on May 30, 1967. On this day, the Anguillans repulsed the Royal St. Kitts Police Force from the island. The British immediately came and interceded; establishing a peace-keeping committee. Anguilla was then granted statehood and independence, although debate still presided over Anguilla's succession until December 19, 1980. Anguilla became a separate Dependent Territory with some measure of autonomy in government.

Today, Anguilla is considered a British dependency, and the island attracts tourists from around the world to play on its golden beaches and swim in its turquoise seas. Luxury villas and resorts offer visitors the best in accommodations for their Anguilla vacations. Fishing and boating, along with gourmet dining and fine beaches, draw visitors to this friendly island.

Anguilla General Information and Villa Rentals
Villa AL AL2, Anguilla, Shoal Bay West, 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas


Spectacular ocean views, spacious living with a stunning curved bar, located steps from the beach

Shoal Bay West, Anguilla
5 br / 7 ba

Villa IDP LEM, Anguilla, Forest Bay, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas


Secluded villa on a small beach, perfect for kayakers, rooftop patio with spectacular views

Forest Bay, Anguilla
3 br / 3 ba

Villa ANI EST, Anguilla, Little Bay, 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas


Spacious estate with 2 villas, perfect for large groups, overlooks the bay with a cliff-edge hot tub

Little Bay, Anguilla
10 br / 10 ba

Villa AXA ARU, Anguilla, Rendezvous Bay, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas


Exquisite and spacious beachfront property, steps from the beach and the Greg Norman golf course

Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla
5 br / 5 ba

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WIMCO Villas, RIC PAR, Anguilla, Blowing Point, 6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms


Spacious and luxurious, gated seaside property, breathtaking views, steps from 2 cove beaches

Blowing Point, Anguilla
6 br / 5.5 ba

WIMCO Villas, IDP LEM, Anguilla, Forest Bay, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms


Secluded villa on a small beach, perfect for kayakers, rooftop patio with spectacular views

Forest Bay, Anguilla
3 br / 3 ba

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WIMCO Villas and Hotels, Hotel, Viceroy Anguilla, Anguilla, Book now with WIMCO

Viceroy Anguilla

Expansive luxury Caribbean hotel accommodations, gourmet dining, and sea-view wellness spa, to its expert personalized service and relaxed island sophistication - this is the art of the getaway. This is Viceroy.


WIMCO Villas and Hotels, Hotel, Cap Juluca, Anguilla, Book now with WIMCO

Cap Juluca

Located on Maundays Bay, on the southwest coast, this private resort offers first class accomodation. Private beach, golf range, watersports, spa. Choose from the casual elegance of the rooms or suites, from 1 to 5 bedrooms with private pool.


WIMCO Villas and Hotels, Hotel, CoveCastles, Anguilla, Book now with WIMCO


Situated on Shoal Bay West, this villa complex offers the privacy and luxury of a villa with the full service of a first class hotel. Watersports, tennis, bikes, restaurant, full kitchen.


WIMCO Villas and Hotels, Hotel, CuisinArt Resort & Spa, Anguilla, Book now with WIMCO

CuisinArt Resort & Spa

On Rendez-Vous Bay, this Spa resort offers luxury beachfront accommodations. Hydroponics garden, watersports, tennis, pool, beach service, over-sized marble bathroom, private patios or terraces.


WIMCO Villas and Hotels, Hotel, Carimar Beach Club, Anguilla, Book now with WIMCO

Carimar Beach Club

Directly on Mead's Bay, this hotel offers great value, an incredible beach, tennis, fully equipped apartments with patio or balcony. Perfect for families, couples or honeymooners.


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