was the last island Indians surrendered to the Europeans.
The coolest and the most important story about St. Vincent is the story about the Black Caribs. Black Caribs is an Indian tribe that inhabited most of the Caribbean Islands by the time of arrival of the Europeans, that previously killed or diluted the blood of the Arawak Indians. The black Caribs are descendants of West African Negroes from the wrecked Spanish slave ships, or of those who had escaped slavery from neighboring Caribbean Islands. It's obvious that just running away was not enough, they constantly had to defend their freedom from the Europeans - and to do this, they needed a new, more evil identity, and the Black Caribs (vicious killers and cannibals) was their choice. Black Caribs adopted the language, culture, and customs of the 'red' Caribs through the marriages with ordinary Caribbean women, and even fought on the side of the French against the English people for Saint Vincent.
Surprisingly, only a few thousand of the original 'red' Caribs have remained there (and, by the highest standards, the memory of them remained only in the name of the Caribbean and Carib beer), and the black Caribs, according to Wikipedia, number in hundreds of thousands, almost half a million.
The most widespread toponym in the Caribbean is not in standard English or French, but a derivative from la soufrière (from Romanesque 'sulfur'): because the Caribbean is a volcanic arc. On St. Vincent there is a volcano La Soufrière, but since 1979 it has been quiet there. Only black beaches (formed because of the erosion of ejected by the volcano rocks) remind of the danger.
Like on neighboring Barbados, there are typical bus signs 'to city'/'out of city'.
There are signs in Saint Vincent only at the last few miles from Kingstown (the neighboring very rich Barbados has them everywhere).
In third world countries, houses are built gradually: the ground floor first, and then they leave the piling for the top floors sticking out of the flat roofs (these floors are being finished as they get funding). Saint Vincent is a rare place in the world where due to the topography they do the opposite: first, they build the top floor of the building and then they build the rest whenever:
Traffic in the state is left-handed like in England.
Second in term of its importance story of St. Vincent is, of course, the story of captain Bligh and HMS Bounty.
Surprised? Me too.
In 1787 Bligh went on the HMS Bounty on the expedition to Tahiti for the cuttings of the breadfruit (to feed slaves on Caribbean sugar plantations) but was stopped by a mutiny which gave rise to the civilization of Pitcairn, and then the captain miraculously escaped.
But only a few people know that in 1791 Bligh made the second expedition for the breadfruit tree on HMS Providence. The second expedition was successful: the cuttings of the breadfruit tree were finally delivered from Oceania to the West Indies and planted in 'the oldest
in the Western hemisphere' on St. Vincent in Kingstown, here's this garden:
The funniest thing about all these trips to the Islands is the fact that around the world, from the Caribbean to Oceania, you face the same narrow list of discoverers, there are probably maximum 50 people, like Cook and Darwin.
Tourist business on St. Vincent has the same structure as everywhere in this part of the former British West Indies: near the landmark (Fort, Botanical garden, valley of geysers) there are guides waiting. Here you can choose any of them, pay $2 and explore the place under their leadership.
They won't tell you anything new, of course, but sometimes it is fun.
They can show you how pandanus grows:
Show you things like this:
Show you how the nutmeg grows.
An interesting thing of the Caribbean: nutmeg is very, very good if you rub it in the rum-based cocktails.
Time for revelations: it's not red pepper with poo under it, a cashew nut grows like this:
Local plant-epiphyte with aerial roots survives even on the wires of power lines:
This town is similar to Kingstown, only smaller and better preserved:
In spite of all the troubles of history, only one event truly changed everything: the first Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed on the island. Since then, everyone who comes into the country, is shown many locations from the movie.
Plastic cannons remember the heat of Johnny Depp's hands:
Bar (local beer, local rum, local mosquitoes):
Beautiful tunnel on the main road, along the Eastern shore of the island: