In 1498 Columbus landed on the islands, which was named after St. Vincent’s Day (January 22). They were then inhabited by caribas, which prevented European colonization attempts in the 17th and 18th centuries. After 1783, the British began to seriously colonize the islands, since France in Paris peace in 1763 withdrew their claims to them. In 1795, however, the Caribbean, with French help, rebelled and ravaged the island. The British fought the rebellion in 1796 and then allowed the majority of the caribar to be deported to islands outside Honduras. The country’s sugar plantations were managed until the abolition of slavery by Africans, then by Indians as well. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines gained internal autonomy in 1969, while Britain was responsible for foreign policy and defense, and became independent in 1979. The same year, militant members of the Rastafarian sect revolted and established their own state on Union Island in the Grenadines. The uprising was fought. In recent years, the social life of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has been dominated by the business cycle of the important banana industry and the growing crime rate. To see more information other than history, please visit Abbreviationfinder to learn more about climate, population, government, and economy for the country of St. Vincent and The Grenadines.
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were severely destroyed by volcanic eruptions in 1812, 1902 and 1979.