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Grenada

WORLD FACTBOOK (US)


Introduction: Carib Indians inhabited Grenada when COLUMBUS discovered the island in 1498, but it remained uncolonized for more than a century. The French settled Grenada in the 17th century, established sugar estates, and imported large numbers of African slaves. Britain took the island in 1762 and vigorously expanded sugar production. In the 19th century, cacao eventually surpassed sugar as the main export crop; in the 20th century, nutmeg became the leading export. In 1967, Britain gave Grenada autonomy over its internal affairs. Full independence was attained in 1974 making Grenada one of the smallest independent countries in the Western Hemisphere....

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BACKGROUND NOTES (US)


History: Before the arrival of Europeans, Carib Indians had driven the more peaceful Arawaks from the island. Columbus landed on Grenada in 1498 during his third voyage to the new world. He named the island "Concepcion." The origin of the name "Grenada" is obscure, but it is likely that Spanish sailors renamed the island for the city of Granada. By the beginning of the 18th century, the name "Grenada," or ...

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COUNTRY PROFILE (UK)


History: Grenada was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1498 and named Concepcion. Grenada was later colonised by the French and, in 1763, ceded to Great Britain in the Treaty of Versailles. Grenada became a self-governing Associated State in 1967 and gained independence on 7 February 1974. In 1979 the then elected government was overthrown by the New Jewel Movement led by Maurice Bishop, who formed a People's Revolutionary Government (PRG). Disagreements within the PRG resulted in the arrest and subsequent assassination of Bishop in October 1983. The PRG was replaced briefly by a Revolutionary Military Council. These events led to an intervention ...

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The Commonwealth Caribbean islands make up a large subcomponent of the hundreds of islands in the Caribbean Sea, forming a wide arc between Florida in the north and Venezuela in the south, as well as a barrier between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Varying considerably in size, the islands, which are the isolated upper parts of a submerged chain of volcanic mountains, are scattered ...

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