29-Apr-2008 -- Finally again a Confluence :-)
En route from New Amsterdam on the Berbice River (Guyana) to Savannah (GA, USA) with a cargo of bauxite for the US aluminium industry, today we passed close to Grenada, and went over 12N 62W.
To begin with a general view towards east we see great parts of the island, its capital St. George's and the coast down to its SW-most tip, Point Salinas.
A closer look to east shows us Point Salinas, the SW most tip of the island, and where Grenada's international airport is located.
To the ENE we see Grande Anse Bay and St. George's.
Continuing towards NE by East and NE we have more or less seen the whole island.
The state of Grenada consists of Grenada, the southernmost of the Windward Islands, and a number of island dependencies in the south part of the Grenadines. Significant events in the history of Grenada are as follows:
1498 sighted by Columbus
1650 first colonized by the French
1763 ceded to Britain
1779-1783 recaptured by the French and restored at Treaty of Versailles (1783)
1974 became an independent Sovereign State within the Commonwealth
1979 Constitution suspended following a revolution
1983 interim government installed following a bloody coup d’état and invasion by a joint United States/Caribbean force
1984 independent democratic government restored
The population is about 100,000. The island is mountainous and covered with a verdant rain forest. Coco is the principal cash crop, superseding nutmeg as the main export even though Grenada, which is known as the Island of Spice, produces over 30% of the world's supply of nutmeg.
Tourism is an expanding industry, previously depending on passengers from cruise ships. The opening of an international airport in 1986 has added visitors coming to enjoy the fine white sand beaches and attractive scenery.