Grenada: Location, History, Size, Population, & Government

About Grenada, information, history size, location, population, people, culture, and government.


Size--133 sq. mi. (344 sq. km.) Population--110,000.

Tourists cavorting on the beaches of this Caribbean Island (the southernmost of the Windward Islands in the West Indies) have little awareness that many natives think of Grenada as a "little Haiti" ruled by a Prime Minister seeking all power and control through his armed secret police and paid informers. On the day of Grenada's independence from Britain on February 7, 1974, Prime Minister Eric M. Gairy held a cocktail reception at the Holiday Inn, a popular hangout for his regime. As he spoke, 60 of his secret police (recruited from the notorious Mongoose Gang of hardened criminals) were rounding up middle-class opposition leaders. Said Prime Minister Gairy, "We are the most progressive country in the world and I am one of the most dynamic leaders in the Caribbean.... Lots of people have tried to get rid of me, and they are lying in the cemetery." Grenada is the world's largest producer of nutmegs.

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