Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a country in the eastern Caribbean. It consists of one main island (Saint Vincent) and a chain of 32 small islands called the Grenadines. There is a mixture of inhabited and uninhabited islands in the Grenadines; the largest inhabited island is Carriacou.

Country Profile

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Kingstown, a port city on the island of Saint Vincent, is the country’s capital. The city was founded in 1722 by the French, who were the first Europeans to colonize the islands. However, the British took control of the country in 1763 until 1779, when the French recaptured Saint Vincent. Following the Treaty of Versailles (1783), Britain regained control of the island. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines finally gained full independence in 1979 but remained part of the Commonwealth.

The British monarch serves as the country’s head of state and is represented on the islands by the governor-general. The prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines leads the majority party of theΒ House of Assembly.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have a tropical climate with hot, humid weather throughout the year. The wet season typically lasts from June until November. The majority of the islands lie within the Atlantic Ocean’s Hurricane Alley and are often affected by severe storms.

La Soufrière is an active volcano on the island of Saint Vincent. It is also the highest peak in the country, with an elevation of 1,234 meters (4,049 ft). The volcano has erupted several times in the last two centuries.

Aside from Kingstown, other major cities in the country include Georgetown, Byera Village, and Biabou, each in the Charlotte parish of Saint Vincent. The parish is located on the eastern coast of the island.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Stats and Facts

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