Amerindian Name: Alliougana
Meaning: Land of the Prickly Bush
39.5 sq miles (Only 15.2 sq miles occupied since volcanic activity started in 1995)
Not yet redefined
4,400. Population density is 289 per square mile (1999 estimates)
Montserrat is located 1,150 miles north of the Equator. Latitude 160 10′ west and twenty miles southwest of Antigua.
Internally self-governing British Dependent with a ministerial system.
The Constitution provides for a Governor appointed by the Queen with responsibility for Internal Security, External Affairs, Defence, the Judiciary and Public Service; an Executive Council which has the general control and direction of Government and a Legislative Council. The Executive Council comprises:
President – The Governor
Members – Chief Minister
Minister of Communications and Works
Minister of Education, Health,
Community Service and Labour
Minister of Agriculture, Trade and the Environment
Attorney General – Ex-Officio
Members of the Legislative Council are:
Three (3) other Ministers
Three (3) other elected Members
Two (2) Ex-Officio Members
The Eastern Caribbean Dollar is legal tender and maintains and exchange rate of EC$2.70 = US$1.00
Bank of Montserrat Ltd
Royal Bank of Canada
New Year’s Day
St Patrick Day – March 17
Labour Day – First Monday in May
Queen’s Official Birthday
Festival Day – December 31
St Patrick’s Day Celebrations
Annual Christmas Festivities (December 15 – January 1)
MAIN ECONOMIC ACTIVITES
Building Construction and Infrastructure development. Prior to the volcanic activity, tourism was an important contributor to economic activity.
HISTORICAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL DATA
The island was named Montserrat (Sawtoothed Mountain) at its sighting by Christopher Columbus in 1493, because its rugged appearance reminded him of terrain surrounding the Abbey of Montserrat in the highlands near Barcelona in Spain.