Grenada

Surrounded by the group of Grenadine islands, Grenada has earned itself the repute of a beautiful, green Caribbean island. Grenada is located in the Windward Islands and has many mountains with the highest peak rising at 2,756 feet at Mount Catherine. Grenada’s tropical climate gives itself to bright sunshine yearly combined with mild temperatures brought on by cool trade winds. The Grenadines include Petit Martinique, Diamond Island, Saline Island, Ronde Island, Carriacou, Large Island, Caille Island and Frigate Island. Grenada has six parishes which are named Saint David, Saint Mark, Saint Patrick, Saint Andrew, Saint John and Saint George.

The island was formerly discovered in 1498 along with most of the other islands which lie along the chain of Caribbean islands. Grenada’s first inhabitants, however, were the Kalinago people or Caribs, who put up fierce resistance to protect their homes and territory from European invasion. Both the French and English settled Grenada for relatively significant periods of time, during which hostilities occurred in the struggle to claim ownership. The Spanish who also lived on the island for a very short amount of time continued their journey south, very much leaving the rest of the present day English speaking Caribbean islands including Grenada in the hands of the French and English colonizers.

Grenada became an independent nation in 1974, at which time Sir Eric Matthew Gairy was named the first Prime Minister after having served as Premier during the events leading up to independence. In 1979, however, a coup d’état led by Maurice Bishop politically destabilized and had begun to introduce what seemed to be a new ideological movement which was motivated by the communist views of Cuba and the USSR. This resulted in the eventual invasion under the Operation Urgent headed by the United States, Jamaica and the Regional Security System.

Over the years, a series of economic reforms in trade, tourism, manufacturing, and financial services sought to develop the economy of Grenada. Spice is a trademark commodity of Grenada and in many ways does not only contribute to the island’s economy but forms an important part in culture and tradition. Spices grown in Grenada are mace, loves, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, with nutmeg exports from Grenada accounting for 20% of international supply; hence the phrase The Spice Isle of the Caribbean. Chocolate production has grown to occupy a remarkable place in contributing to foreign exchange thanks to advancements made in the development of organic cocoa farms and the creation of the Grenada Chocolate Company.

In recent times, branding Grenada as a destination for ecotourism has borne fruit as the island was highly ranked in various categories for diving, nature tours and other nature friendly vacation activities. Though volcanic, Grenada offers lovely white sand beaches, including its Grenadine isles which are untouched paradises of never ending white sand beaches, blue skies and lovely weather. Most of these islands have become home to many tourists who established private getaways away from their home countries, the rich and famous and luxury yachts. Each island offers its own unique tourism product combined with history, culture, entertainment, easy luxury living and tranquility.


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