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For many generations, Anegadians survived by fishing, raising animals and planting crops. The land outside of the Settlement, where people lived, was divided by stone walls about four feet high. The walls separated animal grazing areas from fields where crops such as corn, cotton, potatoes and bananas were grown. The goats and cattle, although capable of breaching the walls, were trained over generations not to. Docile easy-to-train animals were bred by sending those that proved difficult on a speedy trip to the dinner table.
Anegadians claim that Queen Victoria bequeathed all Anegada land to the residents of Anegada in the nineteenth century. This claim was tacitly recognized by the British Crown with the issuing of an ordinance in 1885 granting land to those who would have their property boundaries surveyed and registered. For one reason or another, no Anegadian ever followed through with this program, and land ownership on the island remained an unsettled issue until 1961 when a new ordinance defined the residential area known as the Settlement and identified other land to be used for communal animal grazing and agricultural cultivation. These lands accounted for 1,500 of Anegada's 9,500 total acres. The remaining 8,000 acres were to be held in trust for Anegadians and could be leased but not sold.
In 1967, a Canadian developer, Kenneth Bates, described by the British press as "a man with the Midas touch," presented the government of the BVI with his plans for the development of Anegada and Wickham's Cay. He somehow was then awarded the lease to those 8,000 acres.
Part of the Bates master plan for Anegada and the BVI was to create the airport and service it with roads. The airport was located in the heart of the walled plantation area. The lands were cleared and many of the walls were knocked down, often in strategic places such as the walled off paths that led the animals back to the Settlement at night after being left to graze during the day. Animals and crops were neglected by the men of Anegada who found working on the Bates project to be more economically rewarding.
In 1971, the BVI government citing conditions in the Bates agreement that could be regarded as unfair in national terms, purchased Bates' corporation and the plan came to an end. Meanwhile, the balanced pattern of animal husbandry and crop cultivation practiced in Anegada for almost 200 years was broken. Neglected by the farmers, the cattle learned to climb over what was left of the walls and the remaining crops were destroyed. The continued unrestricted grazing has led to such serious erosion that much of Anegada is now bare rock.
Life on the small island changed dramatically. Shortly after the demise of the Bates plan, nearly 40 % of the residents left Anegada. Now the only cultivation you see on Anegada is at the government Agricultural Station and on small home gardens.
The airport on this tiny island was named after Captain Auguste George. His daughter, Anegada-born Gracita Faulkner, earned international fame and appeared in leading roles in "La Traviata" and "Faust" for the American Opera Guild.
Getting to Anegada, BVI and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.
Entry requirements: Valid Passport
Clair Aero has scheduled service to Anegada from Tortola and St. Thomas using either a single engine plane (seats 3) or a twin-engine aircraft (seats 7).3 flights a week from St. Thomas, 4 a week from Tortola. Private planes are welcome.
Auguste George Airport
Departure Tax: $10
Cars: Drive on left; must obtain temporary BVI license ($10) from car rental agency
Vacationers don't just stay in Anegada, BVI villas - they come to paradise to get married and celebrate their honeymoons! Getting Married In The British Virgin Islands
• You may apply for your marriage license at the Attorney General's office located in the Government Administration Complex at Wickham's Cay I, Road Town, Tortola.
* You must be in the British Virgin Islands for a minimum of 3 days prior to the wedding service and after having made application for your marriage license.
* You will be required to purchase $110.00 in postage stamps if you have been in the territory for less than 15 days prior to the ceremony or $50.00 in stamps if you have been in the BVI for 15 days or more.
* You will require passports as proof of identity and to establish your date of arrival in the BVI.
* If you were previously married, you will be required to bring a certified copy or original documentation of your divorce (absolute decree) or death certificate of a deceased spouse.
* Two witnesses will be required to oversee the signing of your marriage license application and two (different) witnesses are required to be present during the ceremony. (You may select persons from the BVI to serve as witnesses for either or both occasions.)
* Once your application for marriage license has been completed, you may then proceed to the
Registrar's office (located above the Post Office) on Main Street, Road Town, Tortola. The office is open from 9:00 am to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturdays.
The Registar Requirements
Marriage ceremony fees are payable to the Registrar and are $35.00 if the ceremony is performed in the office and $100.00 if the ceremony is to be performed elsewhere.
* Full (legal) names of both parties
* Your ages and date of birth
* Your occupations
* The names of the witnesses for your wedding ceremony
* If you are planning a church wedding, please contact the church of your choice and speak with the Minister or Priest regarding their requirements
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