Ant was created by James Duncan Davidson(author of Tomcat). Initially, It was part of the Tomcat .When it was donated to the Apache Software Foundation. Ant was used to build Tomcat, nothing else.But In January 2000, Ant was moved to a separate CVS module and was promoted to a project of its own, independent of Tomcat, and became Apache Ant.
The first version of Ant was the one that shipped with Tomcat\'s 3.1 release on 19 April 2000. This version was referred as Ant 0.3.1 later.
Today the latest version of ant is released at 27 June 2008 is Ant1.7.1.