Tuesday 4 February 2014

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

My blog has had its first visit from a reader somewhere on Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. I knew the islands to be located in the Caribbean, but I knew not exactly whereabouts. As ever I referred to Wikipedia. It is situated roughly in the centre of a triangle formed by Saint Lucia to the North, Barbados to the East and Grenada to the South.

[Image description: a map of the globe showing the position of the islands North of Venezuela, courtesy Wikipedia]

And what exactly is the European connection? Well obviously the French and the British had colonial interests there and there is an approximate 4% of the population who are Portuguese. However, more interestingly is the contemporary angle.

"Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, bearing the title Queen of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines."
Per Wikipedia.

Well, I for one was completely unaware of the United Kingdom's Queen Bess' other title nor this additional rôle out in the Caribbean.

[Image description: the country's flag, courtesy Wikipedia]

Thanks for visiting, whoever you were. And how exciting to continue discovering parts of Europe(an hinterland) one knew nothing about!

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