Grenada is an island nation located in the Caribbean, at the southern end of the Grenadines in the Windward Islands group of the Lesser Antilles. Neighboring nations include Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The capital of Grenada is St. George's.
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When Christopher Columbus spotted the main island of Grenada in 1498, he named it Concepcion. However, when Spanish ships passed by, sailors saw lush green hills on the island that reminded them of Spain's Andalusia, and they called it Granada, after the Spanish city's capital.
When the French came, they used the name Grenade, and when the British arrived, they used the name Grenada.
Attempts at colonization were met with failure as the original inhabitants of the island called the Carib Indians were fierce at battle. They managed to fend off European would-be settlers for over 150 years.
The first successful European resident of the island was an enterprising French who managed to acquire property through the exchange of bits of land for few pieces of beads, knives, and hatchets.
The French eventually managed to establish settlements but hostilities with the Carib Indians were common. The French were also fearful of British invasion, prompting them to build two Forts in the capital city of St. George's. Grenada was eventually handed over to the British in 1783 through the Treaty of Versailles.
The British brought slaves from Africa and established sugar plantations on the island.
In 1795, a violent rebellion took place, which involved the leadership of Julian Fedon - a black planter. The uprising was contained by the British but the fight against the colonizers continued.
By 1877, the island officially became a crown colony and in 1967, it became an associate state, and full independence was achieved in 1974.
Grenada consists of the main island of Grenada and a number of other smaller islands, namely Carriacou, Petit Martinique, Diamond Island, Ronde Island, Caille Island, Large Island, Salive Island, and Frigate Island. Most of the country's population live on the main island of Grenada.
Grenada is located in the northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela, and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The islands are located in the Caribbean Sea, with a tropical climate, and an interior of mountainous regions.
Grenada is a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is recognized as Queen of Grenada and serves as head of state. She is represented in the country by a Governor General, who mainly serves ceremonial duties.
The real control is vested upon the Prime Minister, who is usually the leader of the largest party in the Parliament.
Parliament consists of 13 senators and 15 representatives. Senators are appointed by the government and the opposition, while representatives are elected by the general population.
Grenada is famous for its beaches and tropical climate. The islands are heavily influenced by French culture, and evidence of this can be seen in the country's architecture and language, where most of the population speak French.
Most travelers visit the Caribbean island for its beaches and nothing can get better than the country's most popular beach, The Grand Anse. It is a favorite spot for cruise ships, with its 3-km arc of golden sand and gentle surf. There are also plenty of boutique resorts and restos found along the shore.
St. George's is the nation's capital and considered to be one of the prettiest port cities in the Caribbean. The brick and stone buildings with red tiled roofs add to the city's charm and the streets are filled with local vendors selling spices and crafts. Among the most popular attractions for tourists are the Fort George and Fort Frederick, the Grenada National Museum, and the St. George's Market Square.
The Levera National Park is another great place that offers spectacular beaches. It is the point where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic, and the shallow waters along its coastal area provides an excellent swimming area. Other attractions include the Levera Pond and the Bird-Watch Bridge.
Education in Grenada is free and compulsory for ages 6-14. Enrollment rates are high on all school levels but challenges such as poverty, lack of school facilities, and high rates of absenteeism are still prevalent. During harvest seasons, students are often needed by their families to help out, which contributes to the issues of education in the rural communities.
The country's literacy rate is 95% and the education system is modeled after the British system. English is the medium of instruction and French and Spanish are also taught in high school.
Grenada's official language is English, but Creole English, Spanish, and French are also spoken.
Grenada's nickname is "Island of Spice" - it exports nutmeg, ginger, mace, allspice, cinnamon, and cloves. Grenada is also the second largest exporter in the world, providing 20% of the world's nutmeg volume.
Grenada Cities :
The major cities of Grenada are marked in the printable Grenada map by black dots. Some of the indicated cities in the Grenada map are:
Grenada Boundaries :
The international boundaries of Grenada are highlighted in the map by using black lines. The surrounding places of Grenada, which are shown in the political printable map of Grenada, are:
St Vincent& The Grenadines
St Kitts& Nevis
Grenada Administrative divisions :
There are six parishes in Grenada. The internal administrative boundaries of the island nation are marked in the map by colored lines. The parishes have been clearly indicated in the political map of Grenada. The six parishes that are printed in the map are:
The islands that fall under the administrative division of Grenada are indicated in the political Grenada map. The names of the island are:
Grenada Capital :
St George's is the capital of Grenada. The geographic coordinates of St George are 12° 3' North latitude and 61° 45' West longitude. The altitude of St George's is 85 feet. Some of the airports that are located nearby St George's are Point Salines Intl, Tvsm Mustique, Tvsc Canouan, Tvsb J F Mitchell. Some of the nearby cities of St George's are:
Morne Jaloux Ridge
Note : - Pop-2001: 2001-05-25 census (preliminary, adjusted)