Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: History
Christopher Columbus visits the main island, calling it St. Vincent.
French settlers begin to cultivate coffee, tobacco, indigo, cotton, and sugar, bringing African slaves to work the plantations.
St. Vincent is formally given to Britain under the Treaty of Versailles.
Conflicts between the British and black Caribs reach a tipping point when the Caribs revolt. The British, with help from France, crush the revolt and deport over 5,000 Caribs to Belize.
Slavery is abolished, leading to the freeing of over 18,000 slaves.
St. Vincent joins the short-lived West Indies Federation which collapses in 1962.
Following a referendum, St. Vincent and the Grenadines become independent.
As the islands go through a recession, a general strike is organized to protest new industrial relations legislation.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is taken off a list of countries that are not adequately fighting money laundering.
Voters defeat a referendum that would have replaced the monarchy with a republic.