Grenada

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St. George, Grenada

Country Grenada  (Link to map of Grenada and map of Caribbean with Grenada)
Continent Island nation northeast of Venezuela
Capital St. George’s
Population 111,219 (July 2016 estimate)
Language English (official), French patois
Religion Roman Catholic (45%), Protestant (44%), Jehovah’s Witness (1%), other (6%)
Terrain Volcanic in origin with central mountains
Sports Cricket, track and field, sport fishing
Animals Hummingbird (9 different species), small Asian mongoose (introduced to the island in 1872), Manicou (aka, opossum), red legged tortoise, Johnstone’s whistling and highland piping tree frogs along with queen conch and lettuce sea slug
Facts of Interest Consists of the main island, Grenada, along with 6 smaller islands

Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1498 when it was inhabited by the Carib Indians

Left un-colonized for over a century until the French settlements in the 17th century where they established sugar estates and imported large numbers of African slaves

Britain took over the island in 1762 and increased the sugar production that was later, in the 19th century, replaced by cacao.  Today Grenada is one of the world’s largest exporters of nutmeg and mace.

About 1/3 of the population is located in the capital city of St. George’s

Full independence from Britain was obtained in 1974 making it one of the smallest independent countries in the Western Hemisphere

A Marxist military council took charge on Oct. 19, 1983 which was quickly overthrown by US forces and 6 other Caribbean nations which resulted in free elections in 1984.

Tourism is a major income source to the people of Grenada due to its many idyllic beaches along with its Ecotourism (ecofriendly guesthouse).

Concerns As for all Caribbean islands, Grenada is vulnerable to tropical storms and in 2004 it was struck by Hurricane Ivan which destroyed 90% of the island homes. In 2005, the northern section was hit by Hurricane Emily.

There exists a large economic gap between the very rich (often white people) and the rest of the population who are mostly African slave decent.

Mission Christianity is in the majority; however, real followers of Jesus are in the minority.  The communities lack a spiritual hunger and need revival.  Public life and family life need more impact from Christian values.

Evangelical and charismatic Christian groups are on the rise.

Sources en.wikipedia.org; cia.com; grenadabluewatersailing.com; Pray for the World (IVP Books, 7th edition, 2015)