St Vincent and The Grenadines

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Motto:” “Pax et Justitia”(Latin) “Peace and Justice”

Capital City: Kingstown

Population: 103,000 (2011 census)

Languages spoken: English is the official language. Most Vincentians speak Vincentian Creole

Religion: According to the 2001 census, 81.5% of the population of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is considered Christian, 6.7% has another religion and 8.8% has no religion or did not state a religion (1.5%).

Head of state: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, bearing the title Queen of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Currency: East Caribbean dollar

St Vincent and The Grenadines DishNational Dish: Roasted Breadfruit & Fried Jackfish is the national dish. This dish is often served with Golden Apple Drink.

Brief history of the Island:

Various Amerindian groups settled on St Vincent and the Grenadines include, some of these groups include the Ciboney, Arawak, and Carib people. These groups likely originated in the Orinoco Valley of South America and migrated north through Trinidad and the Lesser Antilles.

Caribs aggressively prevented European settlement on Saint Vincent until 1719. Prior to this, formerly enslaved Africans, who had either been shipwrecked or who had escaped from Barbados, Saint Lucia and Grenada and sought refuge in mainland Saint Vincent, intermarried with the Caribs and became known as Black Caribs or Garifuna.

The first Europeans to occupy St. Vincent were the French. Following a series of wars and peace treaties, the islands were eventually ceded to the British in 1763.

In 1969, it was given complete control over its internal affairs. Following a referendum in 1979, St. Vincent and the Grenadines became the last of the Windward Islands to gain independence. It celebrates independence on 27 October 1979.

Culture:

The history of the country has produced a marvellous culture of Amerindian strength of spirit, fused with European governance, to which we add African inventiveness, complemented by Asia’s resilience philosophy. While life in St. Vincent & the Grenadines is fairly diverse, but the consistent aspect of life throughout the country seems to be that family, friends, and socialization are what make life worth living.

Virtually everything you eat in St. Vincent & The Grenadines will have been grown or reared locally. The furthest many ingredients will travel is from a small farm on St. Vincent to a plate at a restaurant on the Grenadine islands. The fish will have been pulled out of the waters surrounding the island by a local fisherman and sold straight to the chef just a couple of hours before it is cooked.

Facts about the Island:

  • The island now known as Saint Vincent was originally named Youloumain
  • There are over 32 islands and cays that make up St Vincent and the Grenadines; of these, nine are inhabited.
  • The oldest Botanic Gardens in the Western Hemisphere is located in St Vincent & The Grenadines, having been founded in 1765.
    Some of the most fertile soil in the world can be found in the Mesopotamia Valley in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
  • There are more than 400 arches to be found in Kingstown – “The City of Arches” – which is the capital of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Famous people from the Island

Winston Davis cricketer

Arnhim Eustace economist, politician

Kevin Lyttle musician

Franklyn Seales actor

Arnhim Eustace economist, politician

Picture of the Island:

St Vincent and The Grenadines Island