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
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.
Comprehensive guide to and popular abbreviations of St. Vincent and The Grenadines, covering history, economy, and social conditions.
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
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