History of St. Vincent the Grenadines
The island was originally named Youlomain by the natives of that particular Island who called themselves Kalian/Carina. Those people tried hard to prevent Europeans from settling there until 1719.Earlier, enslaved Africans settled there and married with Caribbean and known as black Caribbean or Garifuna.
The French were the first Europeans who captured Saint Vincent. After that, certain wars took place and treaties came into effect and the island was captured by the British. While the Britishers laid the Saint Vincent in 1627, the French centered on the island Martinique. The French established their first colony at the Bourosallie on the leeward side of Saint Vincent in 1719. They forced African slave to cultivate coffee, sugar, tobacco, indigo and corn. Britishers took Saint Vincent under Britain, which led to war between the British and the Caribbean is known as the first Caribbean war. Conflict between the British and Black Caribbean continued until 1796. The British forced African slaves to cultivate coffee, sugar, tobacco, indigo and corn.
The conflict between 1783and 1796 was led by Chief Joseph Chayote. In 1797 the British general Sir Ralph Abercrombie brought an end to conflict. Slavery was abolished in Saint Vincent. Due to this there was a labor shortage and there was an immigration of indentured servants. La Soufriere erupted in1902 killing 2,000 people. Until independence in 1979, the island had to pass through various stage conditions. Independence was gained on the 10th anniversary of Saint Vincent associate statehood status. In 1979, La Soufriere again erupted bringing a big loss to the country. A new constitution was formed to make the country republic and a non-executive president was formed.
Geography of St. Vincent the Grenadines
The island is situated to the west of Barbados south of Saint Lucia and north of Grenada in the windward islands of the Lesser Antilles, on the island arc of the Caribbean Sea. The main island of Saint Vincent is 26km long, 15km in the width and 344kmsquare in the area. The grenadine islands belonging to Saint Vincent span about 60.4km with an area of 45km. It is an area of volcanic eruption and includes little level ground. The windward side of the islands is very rocky and steep, while the leeward side has more sandy beaches and hays.
Natural Resources in St. Vincent the Grenadines
The main natural resources of the country are hydropower and cropland. 10% of its land is arable land. 18% of its land used for permanent crops. There is 36% of land covered with forests. Hurricanes are a constant threat to the country. Pollution has become a severe issue in the country.
Tourist Attraction in St. Vincent the Grenadines
It has a tourism sector, which can be developed considerately. The movie, "pirates of Caribbean" shot in the island has helped to expose the country to more potential visitors and investors. There is a recent growth of strong activity in the cultural sector, the construction sector and improvement in tourism. An international airport, named argyle international airport is being constructed there. The natives of begonia are permitted to hunt up to tour humpback whales per year under IWC substances' quotas.
Famous Hotels in St. Vincent the Grenadines
- Inter - hostel Bristol
- Apart hotel des Capuchins
- Deltour Hotel Le Puy En Velay
- Hotel des Voyageurs
- B&B Hotel LE Puy-En-Velay
Cuisines of St. Vincent the Grenadines
Pilau is a popular food of the people. It is a preparation of rice and pigeon peas to which is added, any meat or fish available. Yams and sweet potatoes, dozens, eddoes, tennis, and cassava are vegetables grown locally. Main fruits are bananas, mangos, breadfruit, guavas, plumbers, coconuts, passion fruits, and pineapples. Fish curry is popular in the country.
Culture of St. Vincent the Grenadines
This Island conducts its own football league the NLA Premier League and also a national football team. A footballer named Era Hendrickson, who served as national team captain played at major league soccer clubs in the United States and at, present, serving as an assistant coach of Seattle Sounders FC. It has its own nationally rugby union team which is ranked 84th in the world.
Music includes big drum, calypso, sock, steel pan and reggae. Other popular instruments are traditional story telling. The most successful native of Saint Vincent is Kevin lithe, who was named cultural ambassador of the island on 19th September, 2013.
There are the 12 famous FM radio stations including 89.1 jam radios 89.7, NBC 95.7, Hot 97, 98.3 Star FM, 99.9 WE FM 100.5 First FM 103.7 and 106.9 Boom FM.
- Argyle international airport
- E. T. Joshua airport
- J. F. Mitchell airport
- Canon airport
- Mystique Airport
- Union Island Airport
- Palm Island Airport
Posted By : All Places Map Last Updated: August 08, 2015
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Facts about Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
|Country||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Area||389 sq km|
|Currency||East Caribbean dollar (XCD)|