Last 28th October 2011, I received a visitor from Anguilla. Welcome to Woman724 and curious as always, surfed the net to know more about this country. I must confess; I have very little knowledge of this place before this date.
I am sure many have read about the Bermuda Triangle; a stretch of water between Puerto Rico, Bermuda and Florida, the site where many planes and ships disappeared under highly unusual circumstances. Anguilla is one of the smallest inhabited Caribbean island just outside this triangle.
Some sources claim that Columbus sighted the island in 1493, while others state that the island was first discovered by the French in 1564 or 1565. According to tradition, Christopher Columbus gave the small, narrow island its name in 1493 because from the distance it resembled an eel, or in Italian, anguilla. It is also possible that French navigator Pierre Laudonnière gave the island its name from the French anguille.
The territory consists of the main island of Anguilla itself, approximately 26 km (16 mi) long by 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its widest point, together with a number of much smaller islands and cays with no permanent population.
The island's capital is The Valley. The total land area of the territory is 91 km2 (35 sq mi), with a population of approximately 13,500 (2006 estimate). Here and here.