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Grenada was originally inhabited by Arawak Indians, who were killed or driven away by the warlike Caribs before the 15th century. Christopher Columbus was the first European to land on the island during his third voyage in 1498, and he named it Concepcion. Later Spanish sailors called the lushly forested island Granada, after the city in southern Spain. The Caribs resisted all attempts at settlement by European nations, and the island remained uncolonized for more than 150 years.

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