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St Vincent & the Grenadines

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Government

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a beautiful island in the eastern Caribbean made of 32 Islands and Cays. It is an independent nation that is well known for its democratic system of Government. Elections are held every five years. The multi – Island State became independent on the 27 October 1979.

It is a full member of the British Commonwealth, the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the International Labor Organization, CARICOM, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.

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History

Christopher Columbus did not visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines as “the Old tale” used to say. It is not widely known that this country was inhabited as far back 7000 years ago by the Ciboney. Around 200 A.D., they were displaced by the Arawaks from South America. One thousand years later the fierce Caribs arrived on these shores.

The English and French tried to settle in this country, but they were driven off by the Caribs. Paramount Carib Chief Chatoyer fell in 1795, and the native population was finally conquered by colonists.

Independence was granted on 27 October 1979, and in this State resides a harmonious blend of people of Carib, African, Portuguese, Scottish, Irish, and East Indian descendants, with newer immigrants from the Middle East and Asia, France, Italy, England, Canada and the USA.

More details on this beautiful island state can be found at the following link: http://discoversvg.com/

Location

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is Located at 600 56’ West longitude and 130 15’ North latitude. It is approximately 1600 miles southeast of Miami and 100 miles form Barbados, and is part of the Windward Islands, which are part of the Island chain, called the Lesser Antilles.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines