Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory, was first inhabited thousands of years ago by Carib peoples who migrated north from South America; it was colonized by the English in the 17th century. Anguilla has had close ties to the West ever since, with cuisine, language, and even music influenced by the British relationship. Festivals and holidays are an important part of life in Anguilla; the Summer Festival celebrates emancipation, while the increasingly popular Moonsplash is a showcase for many local musicians. The island's religious history is on display at over a dozen Christian churches, some of which have stood since the early 19th century.