Saint Vincent and the Grenadines History

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The Carib Indians who originally populated the island aggressively prevented European settlement on St. Vincent until the 1700's. The French first settled on the island in 1719. Shortly thereafter, the British tried to take control of the island. After much discussion, it was ceded to Britain in 1763. St. Vincent and the Grenadines were the last of the Windward Islands to gain independence in 1979.[1]

Sovereignty. England claimed but did not occupy St. Vincent in 1627, it was considered neutral by 1660, and Carib Indians repelled European settlements until France founded Barrouallie in 1719. Great Britain gained rule in 1722, the island was then neutral until 1748. Great Britain and France then each claimed the island as follows: France 1756, Great Britain 1763, France 1779, Great Britain 1783, and made fully independent in 1979.[2] [3]



  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: West Indies,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1999.
  2. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 8 October 2015).
  3. Christina K. Schaefer, Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas: a Complete Digest of the Records of All the Countries of the Western Hemisphere (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1998), 128. WorldCat 39622039; FHL Ref Book 929.11812 D26s.