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ANGUILLA, or SNAKE, a small land39700-h.htm'>island in the British Indies, part of the
presidency of St. Kitts-Nevis, in the colony of the Leeward land39700-h.htm'>islands.
Pop. (1901) 3890, mostly negroes. It is situated in 18° 12' N. and 63°
5' W., about 60 m. N.W. of St Kitts, is 16 m. long and has an area of
35 sq. m. The destruction of trees by charcoal-burners has resulted in
the almost complete deforestation of the land39700-h.htm'>island. Nearly all the land
is in the hands of peasant proprietors, who cultivate sweet potatoes,
peas, beans, corn, &c., and rear sheep and goats. Cattle, phosphate
of lime and salt, manufactured from a lake in the interior, are the
principal [v.02 p.0043]
exports, the market for these being the neighbouring
island of St. Thomas.
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