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It was located on the major sailing routes among the region's resource-rich colonies.Lord Horatio Nelson, a major figure in Antigua history, arrived in the late 18th century to preserve the island's commercial shipping prowess.European diseases, malnutrition and slavery eventually destroyed the vast majority of the Caribbean's native population.
The indigenous people of the West Indies made excellent sea vessels, which they used to sail the Atlantic and Caribbean.
These groups succumbed easily to disease and/or malnutrition, and died by the thousands.
The enslaved African adapted better to the new environment and thus became the number one choice of unpaid labour.
Codrington guided development on the island as a profitable sugar colony.
For a large portion of Antigua history, the island was considered Britain's "Gateway to the Caribbean".