British Leeward Islands

British Leeward Islands

Infobox Former Country
native_name =
conventional_long_name = British Leeward Islands
common_name = Leeward Islands
continent = North America
region = Caribbean
year_start = 1833
year_end = 1958
status = Colony
empire = United Kingdom
event_start =
event_end = West Indies Federation
event1 = Federation
date_event1 = 1871
event2 = Dominica joined
date_event2 = 1871
event3 = Dominica left
date_event3 = 1940
event_post = Federation dissolved
date_post = 31 May 1962
p1 = Anguilla
flag_p1 = Flag of Anguilla.svg
p2 = Antigua
flag_p2 = Antiguaflag.pngp3 = Barbuda
flag_p3 =
p4 = British Virgin Islands|Virgin Islands
flag_p4 = Flag of the British Virgin Islands.svg
p5 = Dominica
flag_p5 = Flag of Dominica 1955-1965.pngp6 = Montserrat
flag_p6 = Flag of Montserrat.svg
p7 = Nevis
flag_p7 =
p8 = Saint Kitts|St. Christopher
flag_p8 =
s1 = West Indies Federation
flag_s1 = Flag of West Indies.svg
s2 = British Virgin Islands|Virgin Islands
flag_s2 = Flag of the British Virgin Islands.svg

symbol = Coat of arms of the British Leeward Islands
capital =
national_anthem = God Save the Queen
common_languages = English
government_type = Constitutional monarchy
title_leader = Monarch
leader1 = Elizabeth II
year_leader1 = 1952-1960 (last)
title_representative = Governor
representative1 = Alexander Thomas Williams
year_representative1 = 1956–1958 (last)

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 colony was known as the Federal Colony of the Leeward Islands from 1871 to 1956 and the Territory of the Leeward Islands from 1956 to 1960.

The "Leeward Islands" is still the title of one of the Caribbean First-class cricket sides.

Postage stamps

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.

ee also

*List of Governors of the British Leeward Islands
*History of the British West Indies
*Leeward Islands

ources and references

* [ WorldStatesmen- see each present country]

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