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Saint Vincent Grenadines

Full nameSt Vincent & the Grenadines
Capital CityKingstown
LanguageEnglish and French patois
CurrencyEastern Caribbean Dollar
ReligionAnglican, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Seventh-Day Adventist, Hindu
National Anthem"St. Vincent! Land So Beautiful"
NewspaperThe Herald, Searchlight and The Vincentian
Places to VisitBequia, Kingstown, Botanic Gardens, Fort Charlotte and Fort Duvernette Island
TransportAirways: there are no direct flights to the islands. However there are flights from neighboring islands. Some of the Airlines providing services to the islands are LIAT, Airlines of Carriacou, Mustique Airways and Air Martinique; Waterways: Yachts are available from the neighboring islands too
Shoppingcotton textiles; goods made of straw; and grass rugs

Introduction : originally inhabited by Carib Indians, Europeans arrived on the islands of St Vincent & the Grenadines with Christopher Columbus in 1498.

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Later, the islands were the center of a tussle between the British and the French for possession of the islands. The British, of course, took over in 1763 and the islands of St Vincent & the Grenadines remained under their dominion until they achieved freedom in 1979. The African population that is to be found on the islands are descendents of the slaves brought by the British to work in the sugarcane plantations.

Location of St Vincent & the Grenadines : the islands of St Vincent & the Grenadines are a part of the Windward Islands located northeast of the South American continent. The islands are positioned midway between the Caribbean Sea and the northern region of the Atlantic Ocean. The island nation of Grenada is also a part of the group of islands to which the St Vincent & the Grenadines belong. Trinidad and Tobago lie south of the St Vincent & the Grenadines.

Physical Map of St Vincent & the Grenadines : the archipelago of St Vincent & the Grenadines comprises of one main island, the St. Vincent Island, and a collection of some 600 islets or so called the Grenadines. The main Grenadines islands are Mayreau, Bequia, Petit Saint Vincent, Balliceau, Isle D'Quatre, Canouan, Mustique and Union Island. The island and the islets are volcanic in origin and so the terrain of the islands is mountainous and rugged. The soil being volcanic is extremely favorable and fertile. The highest point in the island is the Mt. Tobai.

Climate of St Vincent & the Grenadines : the climate of the islands of St Vincent & the Grenadines sultry and humid, though must of the heat is tempered by the trade winds that sweep through the islands all year round. The summer months are hot and wet, with the rainy spell ranging between thw months of July and October.

Flora and Fauna of St Vincent & the Grenadines :

  • Flora : the St Vincent & the Grenadines ar4e a tropical haven. The island is blanketed with rainforests full of hardwood and broad-leaved trees. There are also a lot of flowering and fruit trees in the islands. The most commonly available variety of trees is banana, coconut palms and breadfruit tree.

  • Fauna : the island nation of St Vincent & the Grenadines is more abundant in marine and avian life than in land fauna. However, there are some selected ones that can be spotted in the islands. Of them the iguana is the most famous. Marine life in the waters around the islands includes lobsters, turtles, conch and several regular types of fish coexisting with exotic coral-reef varieties. The avian fauna of the islands includes such birds as the the bananaquit, Caribbean eleania, the Antillean crested hummingbird and the trembler.

People of St Vincent & the Grenadines : of the current population of the St Vincent & the Grenadines, which is estimated to be around 117,848 people, more than 65% are blacks. The rest of the minor ethnic races comprise of a significant number of mixed race people along with east Indiand, Carib Amerindians and Asians.

Arts, Culture and Music of St Vincent & the Grenadines :

  • Art : the art forms in the St Vincent & the Grenadines art mostly traditional and utility arts. Of them, textile weaving, weaving grass mats, making rugs and crafting jewelry out of natural materials like shells are the chief forms of art.

  • Culture : the composite culture of St Vincent & the Grenadines is termed as Vincentians; but the culture of this island nation has elements from all the distinct cultures that impacted on the islands. The original culture was that of the Carib Indians. Later with the arrival of the Europeans, Spanish, British and also French left cultural marks on the islanders. With colonization, there also came Indians and other Asians.

  • Music : most of the musical genres prevalent in the St Vincent & the Grenadines are a mix of Carib, African and European styles. Some of the names of the genres are bele music, big drum, steelpan, quadrille, calypso, string band music, soca and reggae. Another popular type of musical tradition in the St Vincent & the Grenadines is the oral tradition of storytelling.

  • Saint Vincent Grenadines Flag
    Flag of Saint Vincent Grenadines : the flag of St Vincent & the Grenadines is made up of three colors: green, blue and yellow. The colors appear as three vertical stripes on the rectangular flag. The color yellow forms a double-sized central stripe in the flag; it is flanked to the left by blue and to the right by green. In the central yellow stripe is also three rhombus diamonds in green arranged in a "V" shape.

    Economy of St Vincent & the Grenadines : the two chief resources of the St Vincent & the Grenadines - hydropower and arable land - indicate the course that the island-nation's economy takes. Agriculture and agricultural products dominate the country's economy. Of the crops, banana is the chief commodity that is also an important export item. Other agricultural products are spices, arrowroot, coconuts, taro, sweet potatoes and eddoes. The industries in the country includes packaging and processing of food, cement manufacture, furniture-making, garments and making-starch.