National Day of Grenada

Today (Monday) is the National Day of Grenada. The island nation is marking the 37th anniversary of its independence from the United Kingdom, which was achieved on February 7, 1974.

Located in the northern part of the continent South America, Grenada is a small island nation composed of the southern Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. The largest island is Grenada itself while the smaller ones are Carriacou, Petit Martinique, Ronde Island, Caille Island, Diamond Island, Large Island, Saline Island, and Frigate Island. The population is largely situated in Grenada, particularly in St. George’s, which is the country’s capital and largest city. The size of the entire island is only around 344 square kilometers with a population of approximately 110,000.

The island is sometimes referred to as the “Island of Spice” due to its massive cultivation of nutmeg and mace, of which Grenada is one of the top exporters globally. Other spices that Grenada is known for are cinnamon, cloves, ginger, allspice, and orange/citrus peels.

Tourism also contributes significantly to the island’s national income. The southwest region around St. George’s, the airport, and the coastal strip are some of the areas which tourists usually frequent. There is a new emphasis on ecotourism, which places significance on environment-friendly travel to some of the island’s fragile and pristine locations. Most of these small ecofriendly guesthouses are located in the Saint David and Saint John parishes.

Photo montage from http://www.doublewaters.co.uk/montage_page.htm

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