Posted on October 27, 2013
Today is a national holiday for yet another of those Caribbean island nations that it's so hard to keep track of!
This one has a long name for a small country, because it is made up of a small island called St. Vincent and a bunch of smaller isles that make up about two-thirds of the Grenadine islands! (The rest of the Grenadine islands make up the nation of Grenada.) Adding all the islands together, this nation is maybe one-sixth of the smallest state in the United States, Rhode Island.
At any rate, on this date in 1979, St. Vincent and the Grenadines became independent of the United Kingdom!
Catch some cool views of the beauties of this island nation with this long video. (Just watch as much as you have time for and interest in, of course!)
The Caribbean is...
Did you know that the Caribbean Sea is named for one of the main groups of native people who were living on the islands when the Spaniards discovered them in 1492? The Caribs also lived in northern South America in a region now part of Venezuela.
The Caribbean is famous for piracy...as you probably know from the whole Disney “Pirates of the Caribbean” thing. Why do you suppose there was so much piracy in that region from 1650 to 1720? I'm thinking that there were so many islands, many of them controlled by different, warring groups of native and European peoples, that it was easy to (for example) hide Spanish pirates that attacked English ships, and vice versa. With thousands of islands and even uninhabited islets, it would be really hard to police all the harbors and coastlines in order to arrest the pirates and get back their booty!
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