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Above: One of the island’s iconic sugar mills at Betty’s Hope Estate Left: Taking in the view of English and Falmouth Harbours from Shirley Heights Below: The author at Stingray City I love travelling in the Eastern Caribbean but I absolutely dread changing planes in Antigua because it always ends up with me being stuck at the airport for hours. And this time, on my way back to Trinidad & Tobago from Montserrat, was no different. I faced a 12-hour wait between flights. So instead of being stuck at the airport my friend and I decided to see the sights of Antigua — and see if it could be done in a day. Our first major objective was Stingray City. Cricket is a big thing in the Caribbean, so on our way there we took note of the Sir Viv Richards Cricket Ground. Just outside the capital of St. John’s, this ultra-modern facility that can hold up to 10,000 spectators was built to host the ICC World Cup in 2007. It was named after a son of the soil, Sir Viv Richards, one of the greatest cricketers of all time. We also passed Potworks Reservoir, which is said to be the largest body of freshwater in the Eastern Caribbean, covering 320 acres and capable of holding up to one billion gallons of water. Started in the late

1960s, it was completed in 1970. The name comes from an 18th century pottery works owned by the Codrington family and located at Garden Estate, part of which the reservoir is built on. (Remember the name Codrington, as you will hear it again.) At this factory the workers made conical sugar pots out of clay. These were used for draining molasses from raw sugar. Then we made a stop at the Betty’s Hope Estate. For three centuries Antigua was intensely cultivated for sugarcane production, so it comes as no surprise that the island has more than a hundred sugar mills dotting the landscape. Windmills were used to produce power until the introduction of steam power in 1850. The twin windmills at Betty’s Hope were apparently a standard for a large estate such as this. One of these mills, referred to as the “old mill”, is the only one on the island where the original machinery is still in place. It is estimated to have been built at the end of the 17th century, with the second mill being built a few decades later. —Continued on next page

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by Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal

NOVEMBER 2009

JO-ANNE NINA SEWLAL

CHRIS DOYLE

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