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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, History

Saint Vincent was probably visited and named by Christopher Columbus in 1498. Inhabited by the fierce Carib people, the island was successfully colonized only in 1762 when the British established a settlement. The Caribs were subdued—and many were deported—after an uprising in 1795. Saint Vincent was a member of the Federation of the West Indies from 1958 to 1962. In 1969 it became an internally self-governing member of the West Indies Associated States. On October 27, 1979, it received full independence within the Commonwealth of Nations as Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. A separatist movement in the Grenadines resulted in a brief uprising (1979) on Union Island.

 
 

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