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St. Vincent Old History

 

When Europeans from the 17th century tried to colonize the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the urinals offered fierce resistance. Since Saint Vincent came under British rule in 1783 most of the indigenous people were deported. Slaves were brought from Africa to work on the plantations. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines became independent from the UK in 1979.

Saint Vincent and the surrounding islands were populated by caribas at the arrival of Europeans, a people likely to have come from South America. Christofer Columbus reached the main island in 1498, during his third voyage to the "New World". It should have happened on Vincent's Day, January 22, hence the name. The Caribbean called its island Hairoun.

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From the 1600s, French and Englishmen alternated claims on the islands, but the Caribs long defended themselves successfully against the invaders. Saint Vincent finally came under British supremacy in 1783. After a failed uprising against the British in 1795–1796, most of the Caribs were deported to the Islas de Bahía archipelago outside what is today Honduras.

The need for labor on European plantations was met by bringing slaves from Africa. Later, workers from India were also imported. It was not until 1834 that slavery was abolished.

Old History of St. Vincent

The area was part of a federation of British colonies, Windward Islands, from 1833. An attempt to unify the British territories of the Caribbean and seek independence was made when the Caribbean Federation was formed in 1958, but it collapsed after only four years.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines gained internal autonomy in 1969 and became an associate state of Britain that retained control of foreign policy and defense. Ten years later, on October 27, 1979, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines became completely independent.

 
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