Saint Vincent & The Grenadines Country Profile
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an Anglo-Caribbean country of 32 islands located at the Lesser Antilles Island arc South of Caribbean. The main inhabited islands in the region are Bequia, Mustique, Union Island and Canouan.
The country recorded a population of 110,210 in 2018 and covers an area of 389 km2.
Its capital city, which is also the main port, is Kingstown. Its landmarks are St Mary’s Cathedral, Fort Charlotte and Botanical Gardens.
Other metropolitan centres are Chateaubelair, Barrouallie, Georgetown, Carriere Village, Belair and Layou.
Mustique, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Christopher Columbus arrived on the main Island on St Vincent’s Day in 1498. It was recognized as a British colony in 1783.
Slavery was abolished from the country in 1834.
The country gained independence in 1979.
The country’s culture is influenced by the French, British and African cultures.
The crops grown in the country are root crops, vegetables and arrowroot.
The most popular dishes are salt fish, pumpkin, callaloo soup, conch, shrimp, lobster, whelk, breadfruit, fried jackfish and fish.
Common wildlife animals found in the country are turtles, kingfish, barracuda, whales, dolphins and manatees.
Annual events/ celebrations/ festivals
The events held in the country include Independence Day on 27th October, Christmas and Mustique Blues Festival.
Things to see
Tobago Cays are an archipelago that is situated in the south Grenadines of the country with five smaller islands and coral reefs.
Union Island is a 9 km2 surface situated on west-southwest of Barbados.
Petit Saint Vincent is an island in Grenadine Islands.
Other must-visit places are Mayreau, Palm Island, Bequia, Salt Whistle Bay and La Soufriere.
It is the largest producer of arrowroot and arrowroot flour in the world.
The country’s national animal is Amazona Guildingii.
The famous Pirates of the Caribbean films were all filmed in the country.
It is bordered by Saint Lucia on the north, Barbados on the east and Grenada on the south.
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