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Grenada – Facts & Fiction..

Grenada – a real spice island – Enterprise has been here just over two weeks. Just bedding down for the “Hurricane Season” which runs from June to November. Insurance company has been notified, marina fees negotiated and paid….now to explore…

The island is famed for its nutmeg – and also for being one the nations invaded by the USA!.

Well you can always rely on the CIA Fact book – cant you?…

“Carib Indians inhabited Grenada when Christopher 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.

Grenada was seized by a Marxist military council on 19 October 1983. Six days later the island was invaded by US forces and those of six other Caribbean nations, which quickly captured the ringleaders and their hundreds of Cuban advisers. Free elections were reinstituted the following year and have continued since then…”

Its is interesting to read up on the story of the US invasion and also who Maurice Bishop was. The story of the revolution can be read in here and also the Wikipedia page on Bishop.

Much more interesting and accurate is the account of the spices. Have a look here for the low down on nutmeg and mace.

 

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Enterprise in Port Louis Marina Pool deck and club house
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Lots to explore… Grand Anse Beach

3 comments to Grenada – Facts & Fiction..

  • Stuart

    I hope by bedding down for the hurricane season you mean staying put. I have no idea how much warning you get but being caught at sea doesn’t sound like a good idea.

  • Gary

    A brilliant island and always in my heart as the place where America could show that it could actually win a war after humiliation in Vietnam,Lebanon etc.The 100 rebels simply weren’t good enough to whip the US military,all 7000 of whom landed equipped to the gills.Go USA!

  • We loved Grenada. You may have already been; we recommend check out the rum factory especially the 90% limited production rum that only the island people are allowed. You might lose a day or two! 🙂 x

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