Timeline St. Vincent and Grenadines

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A British colony comprised of St. Vincent Island and the N. Grenadines in the S. Windward Islands in the SE West Indies, part of the Lesser Antilles chain. Kingstown is the capital.
Legend held that indigenous Arawak-speaking peoples of Northern Brazil arrived on the island of St. Vincent long before the Europeans. They later took in ship wrecked Africans.
    (SFC, 7/25/07, p.E1)

1635        European ships carrying African slaves to the West Indies sank off the coast of St. Vincent. The surviving salves escaped and gradually intermarried with the islands Carib Indian natives.
    (SFEC, 5/4/97, p.T11)

1779        Jun 18, French fleet occupied St Vincent.
    (MC, 6/18/02)

1793        The British took over the island of St. Vincent and a series of wars ensued against the black Caribs.
    (SFC, 7/25/07, p.E2)

1795        The British won a battle against the local Garifuna.
    (SFEC, 5/4/97, p.T11)

1797        Some 5,000 black Carib Indians, also known as Garifuna or Garinagu, were exiled from St. Vincent  Island to Roatan Island off of Honduras. The Garifuna defined themselves not by country or territory but by language and culture.
    (SFEC, 5/4/97, p.T11)(SFC, 4/27/98, p.A6)

1872        A stone prison for 90 inmates was built in Kingstown.
    (SFC, 8/9/97, p.A8)

1902        The Soufriere volcano erupted on St. Vincent and 1,680 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)

1958        Colin Tennant (1926-2010), Scottish noble and later Lord Glenconner, acquired the island of Mustique, part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and turned it into a luxury playground for his friends.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Tennant,_3rd_Baron_Glenconner)(Econ, 9/11/10, p.103)

1979        St. Vincent and the Grenadines gained independence from Britain.
    (SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)

1996        Oct 6, Jerome Jolly Joseph, a taxi boat driver in Bequia, was killed. An American couple, James and Penny Fletcher from West Virginia, were accused of the murder.
    (SFC, 8/2/97, p.C1)

1997        Jun 18, It was reported that Japan was paying 5 Caribbean nations extensive aid and investment in order to gain support to block protections for endangered species. Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Dominica were all reported to have been bribed.
    (SFC, 6/18/97, p.A8)
1997        Aug 8, James and Penny Fletcher were acquitted of the murder of Jerome Joseph after 9 months of incarceration.
    (SFC, 8/9/97, p.A8)

1998        Jun 15, The New Democratic Party of Prime Minister Sir James Mitchell won 8 of 15 seats in the legislature. The opposition ULP protested the results.
    (SFC, 6/17/98, p.C2)

2001        UNESCO proclaimed the Garifuna language, music and dance Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible heritage of Humanity.
    (SFC, 7/25/07, p.E2)

2002        Sep 24, Tropical Storm Lili unleashed a mudslide that buried a woman and three of her children in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
    (AP, 9/25/02)
2002        Sep 29,  Hurricane Lili killed 3 people in Jamaica and headed for Cuba.
    (AP, 10/1/02)

2003        May 23, The Democratic Party in the Dutch Caribbean territory of St. Maarten won legislative elections, winning support for its platform of working with the regional government before seeking independence from the Netherlands.
    (AP, 5/24/03)

2004        Sep 13, In St. Vincent and the Grenadines about 50 homes and buildings were damaged from Hurricane Ivan. The government estimates 20 percent of the banana crop was destroyed.
    (AP, 9/14/04)

2005        Sep 6, Nine countries: Antigua, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Dominica, Suriname, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and the Dominican Republic, signed oil deals with Venezuela in Jamaica. Cuba and Jamaica had previously signed. Chavez urged Caribbean governments to consider Cuba-style socialism as an alternative to capitalism.
    (AP, 9/11/05)
2005        Nov 14, Mudslides killed two fishermen and destroyed seven homes as heavy rains brought by a tropical depression overflowed river banks and made roads impassable in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
    (AP, 11/15/05)

2006        Dec 12, In St. Vincent Sean Samuel beheaded Stacy Wilson, a 21-year-old woman, in front of horrified onlookers at a bus terminal in Kingstown.
    (AP, 12/13/06)

2008        Aug, St. Vincent and Iran established ties after PM Gonsalves visited Iran for a summit of the Nonaligned Movement, an organization of 120 developing nations. St. Vincent later announced that it would receive US$7 million in aid from Iran. A portion of that will go toward construction of a US$200 million international airport.
    (AP, 9/16/08)

2009        Feb 8, Sigurdur Helgason (b.1921), former Icelandic airline CEO (1974-1984), died on the Caribbean private island of Mustique. He pioneered cheap flights that carried legions of backpackers between Europe and the United States in the 1960s and '70s.
    (AP, 2/21/09)

2009        Mar 26, Regulators in St. Vincent and the Grenadines took control of an island bank linked to an alleged Ponzi scheme. A complaint alleged that William Wise of Raleigh, NC, and Kristi Hoegel of Napa, Ca., orchestrated the scheme through Millennium Bank and its Geneva-based parent United Trust of Switzerland SA, as well as US affiliates of both organizations.
    (SFC, 3/28/09, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/cqedzr)

2009        Nov 25, Voters in St. Vincent and the Grenadines rejected a referendum on whether or not to break their ties with Britain's monarchy, even as Queen Elizabeth II is made a rare visit to the region.
    (AP, 11/25/09)(AP, 11/26/09)

2010        Oct 30, Hurricane Tomas, the 12th of the Atlantic season, hit a cluster of Caribbean islands including St. Vincent and St. Lucia and moved toward Jamaica. 3 deaths were reported on St. Vincent.
    (SSFC, 10/31/10, p.A5)

2010        Dec 13, St. Vincent and the Grenadines PM Ralph Gonsalves, who has led the Caribbean nation into an alliance with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, won a narrow victory in parliamentary elections to keep his party in power for another five years.
    (AP, 12/13/10)

2012        Jul 5, In Panama the International Whaling Commission rejected a request from Denmark for a whaling quota for indigenous groups in Greenland. Two days earlier it approved the renewal of bowhead whale quotas for indigenous subsistence whaling in Alaska and Russia and for St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean. The United States says it doesn't support a South Korean plan to restart whale hunting for purportedly scientific purposes.
    (AP, 7/6/12)

2013        Sep 16, Representatives from 15 Caribbean nations gathered in St. Vincent to seek slavery reparations from Britain, France and the Netherlands.
    (SFC, 9/17/13, p.A2)

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