Wadadli Antigua

Pre-History Leward Islands

Map Of the Leward Islands before European Colonization.

Before European Exploration

The history of Antigua's indigenous people dates back to around 2400 B.C., with the first settlements of the Siboney, which means "stone people" in the Arawak language. These Meso-Indians were excellent craftsmen, creating beautiful shell jewelry and stone tools. Such artifacts of these ancient people have been found around the island.

Following the Siboney, the Arawak made their appearance on Antigua and inhabited the island from 35 A.D. to 1100 A.D. The Arawak people introduced farming to the islands of Antigua and Barbuda and planted crops such as pineapples, peppers, corn, sweet potatoes, guava, cotton, and tobacco.