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Q. What is regarded as the national tree of St. Vincent and the Grenadines?

A:  The Soufriere Tree (spachea elegans)


Q:  Who are the Black Caribs of St Vincent?


A:  A mixed population resulting from interbreeding between Caribs and blacks. Among the circumstances facilitating this interbreeding was the instance in 1675 when a passing Dutch ship with European settlers and their slaves became shipwrecked between St Vincent and Bequia. Only the slaves survived and they interbred with the Amerindians.


Q:  What great tragedy befell the island of St Vincent in 1902?


A:  La Soufriere erupted, killing 2000 people. Two days later Mont Pelee on the island of Martinique erupted, killing 30,000.


Q:  What is unique about the Botanic Gardens in St. Vincent?


A:  Established in 1763, it is the oldest in the West Indies.


Q:  Who is St Vincent's national hero?


A.  Chief Joseph Chatoyer, the Garifuna Carib chief who headed a revolt against the British. A monument to him stands on Dorsetshire Hill, where he died in battle on March 14, 1795.


Q:  What is Vincy Mas?


A:  Vincy stands for St Vincent. Mas is short for masquerade. Vincy Mas St Vincent's carnival, held in the last week of June and the first week of July.


Q:  Who was the first Prime Minister of St Vincent?


A:  Milton Cato (1915-1997). 


Q:  What did the Caribs call St Vincent while they lived there?


A:  Hairoun


Q:  What is Hiroona?


A:  An epic poem, published in 1937, concerning the 1795 Carib revolt and deportation to Roatán, an island off the coast of Honduras. Its author, Horatio Nelson Huggins, a Vincentian, is believed to have written it around 1885.


Q:  What is Bequia?


A:  It is the largest of the island dependencies of St Vincent. It lies nine miles south of St Vincent and is just about seven miles square.


Q:  How should you pronounce Bequia?


A:  Bequia is pronounced "bek-way."


Q:  Of what product is St Vincent the largest producer?


A:  Arrowroot starch. This product has been used traditionally as a thickening agent in cooking. More recently it has been used in the production of computer paper.


Q:  Why do Captain William Bligh and his ship, H.M.S. Bounty, have a special relevance to St. Vincent?


A:  The Botanic Gardens there received the first breadfruit trees brought from the Pacific by Captain Bligh in 1793.


Q:  What musician and poet became Director of Culture in St Vincent?


A:  Ellsworth McGranahan Keane, widely known as Shake (after Shakepeare) Keane, born in St Vincent in 1927. At age 6, he was playing trumpet, by age 14 he was a bandleader.  After living in London and New York and traveling a great deal, he returned in 1972 to St Vincent as Director of Culture. He later became principal of Bishop’s College, Georgetown. Shake Keane died on November 10, 1997.




ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES  QUIZ