Find out a few interesting bits and pieces about the Caribbean island of Grenada, and print out its flag - as colouring page, bookmarks, jigsaw and more!
St George's and Grenada Harbour
A Little Geography...
- A small Caribbean nation in the south of the Leeward Islands, Grenada consists of three inhabited islands with over 110,000 citizens living in a lush tropical setting.
- Grenada is a mountainous volcanic island, featuring rainforest and waterfalls, and surrounded by white sandy beaches.
- On smaller Carriacou there is an archaeological museum. Petite Martinque is home to local boat builders.
- St George's, the capital, was built by the French in 1650. It occupies a natural horseshoe-shaped harbour. Fort George, built in 1705, was originally called Fort Royal by the French.
- Grenada is known as "the spice island", due to the abundance of mace and nutmeg, which are major exports.
- In 2004 Hurricane Ivan destroyed the nutmeg crop causing significant damage to buildings and loss of life.
A Little History...
- Arawak and Carib tribes were succeeded by British and French settlers, with a French colony established in 1674.
- Grenada changed hands several times until British rule was established in 1877.
- After independence in 1974, there was a revolution in 1979 followed by a coup and invasion by American and Caribbean forces in 1983. Grenada is now a stable democratic member of the Commonwealth.
And Some Interesting Facts...
- If you visit you might like to try eating oildown, the national dish - which is a stew of pig tails, coconut milk, breadfruit and peppers!
- Grenada became the smallest nation to win an Olympic gold medal in 2012 in London, when 19 year old Kirani James won the men's 400 metres.
- Tourists can dive at Moliniere Bay at the world famous Underwater Sculpture Park, which includes the Vicissitudes, a circle of 25 stone carved children.