St Vincent

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In 1783, after a century of contesting claims between the British and the French, the Treaty of Paris placed St Vincent under British domain and a series of open rebellions ensued. In 1795, under French instigation, Black and Yellow Caribs simultaneously swept the island, torching plantations and massacring English settlers. Chief Chattawae of the Black Caribs, buoyed by the success of his raids, is said to have challenged the British commander Alexander Leith, to a sword duel. To the dismay of his followers, Chattawae quickly lost his life to Leith, an accomplished swordsman.

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Overview: St Vincent


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Profile: St Vincent

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- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

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- Time

- Geography

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Key Facts

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Key Facts
Official name: Commonwealth of St Vincent and the Grenadines
Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II; Governor General Sir Frederick Ballantyne (since 2 September 2002)
Head of government: Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves (ULP) (since 29 March 2001; re-elected 2010)
Ruling party: Unity Labour party (ULP) (from 2001; re-elected 2010)
Area: 388 square km
Population: 110,000 (2014)*
Capital: Kingstown
Official language: English
Currency: East Caribbean dollar (EC$) = 100 cents
Exchange rate: EC$2.70 per US$ (fixed)
GDP per capita: US$6,694 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 1.09% (2014)*
GDP: US$736.00 million (2014)*
Inflation: 0.20% (2014)*
Balance of trade: -US$280.11 million (2013)
Annual FDI: US$109.88 million (2011)
* estimated figure

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