THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- Jeremiah Gumbs, the Anguillan hotel owner
who led public opposition to Britain's plans in 1967 to combine
Anguilla, St. Kitts and Nevis into one self-governing state, died
here April 8 at the age of 91.
Gumbs argued before the United Nations that Anguilla's needs
would not be fairly represented under the proposed tri-island
In a special referendum on July 11, 1967, Anguillans
overwhelmingly voted for independence, later modified to a
self-governing British dependent territory with its own
constitution and elected officials.
Gumbs and his wife opened Anguilla's first beach resort in 1962,
what is today Rendezvous Bay Hotel and Villas on Anguilla's
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