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The West Indies Federation fell apart when the largest island Jamaica withdrew from the federation and declared itself independent in August 1962 followed by Trinidad and Tobago in August 1962. By the end of the 1960s, only few Caribbean islands remained dependent territories. Barbados gained its independence in 1966; the Bahamas in 1973; Grenada in 1974; Dominica in 1978; St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 1979; Antigua and Barbuda in 1981; and St. KittsNevis in 1983. In late 1987, Montserrat, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands remained crown colonies with limited internal self-government. Anguilla, having broken away unilaterally from St. Kitts-Nevis in 1967, became an Associated State of Great Britain in 1976.

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Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua & Barbuda
1 Nov 1981
The Bahamas
The Bahamas
10 Jul 1973
30 Nov 1966
21 Sep 1981
 3 Nov 1978
7 Feb 1974
26 May 1966
6 Aug 1962
St. Kitts and Nevis
 St. Kitts & Nevis
19 Sep 1983
St. Lucia
St. Lucia
22 Feb 1979
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
St. Vincent & Gren
27 Oct 1979
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
31 Aug 1962
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