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Beautiful St. George’s harbour, Grenada, Caribbean.

Columbus made his way to Grenada in 1498, but foolishly didn’t hang around! It remained uncolonised until the French arrived in the 17th century to set up sugar plantations, they brought African slaves along with them. In 1762 Britain seized Grenada and continued sugar production until the 1800s when cacao became the main export - followed by nutmeg in the 1900s. All this, along with fertile soil and fresh water, earned Grenada the title of, “Spice Island.” When slavery was abolished, large numbers of indentured servants were imported from India to work on plantations. The result is an interesting mix of culture that gives Grenada a distinct feel. French, British, African and Indian influences can all be seen in language, cuisine and dance.

Many Grenadians of African descent maintain knowledge of their tribal history, something unusual in the Caribbean. Grenada was granted independence in 1974. In 1983 the island was briefly seized by a Marxist military council, but order was restored less than a week later when the US, along with six island nations, invaded and captured the ringleaders, restoring democracy. The event is referred to by Grenadians as “The Intervention” and is celebrated during Thanksgiving in October. The island’s rainforests are nearly as popular as its beaches, and there’s no shortage of annual festivities to take part in. Yachters or ‘Yachties’ have been visiting Grenada for decades, and the island is a frequent spot to make a stop and take on crew or passengers.

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