DIOCESE OF ST. JOHN’S–BASSETERRE
Province of Castries
Established as a Diocese, January 16, 1971
Previously part of Diocese of Roseau, April 30, 1850
Comprises the islands of Antigua–Barbuda, St. Kitts–Nevis,
Montserrat, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
This twin–island Nation’s
population is approximately 65,000 spread over an area of 171 square miles, the capital being St. John’s. Independence was gained on November 1, 1981.
ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
On September 19, 1983, the islands became a fully independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth of Nations. The total population is placed at approximately 45,300 within an area of 103 square miles.
This island with an area of 35 square miles, seceded from the association with St. Kitts–Nevis in 1967 and reverted to colonial status under the United Kingdom. Anguilla has a population of approximately 7,200.
This mountainous island of 29 square miles had a population of around 12,250 before the eruption of the volcano in 1995. Presently those residing there number only 4,500. It has colonial status.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
This colony of the United Kingdom is comprised of twelve islands (12
minutes by air from the United States Virgin Islands) having a total area of approximately 60 square miles. The major islands are the capital, Tortola (24 square miles), Virgin Gorda (9 square miles), Anegada (13 square miles), and Jost Van Dyke (4 square miles). Total population is approximately 10,300.
[N.B. Many of the Monserratians in the diaspora are distributed in Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands, but not reflected in the population count of those islands because of the constant flow in and out of Monserrat.]