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Encyclopedia > Carriacou and Petite Martinique
view from Hillsborough looking south over the beach
view from Hillsborough looking south over the beach

Carriacou Island in the Caribbean Sea, is the largest island of the Grenadines, an archipelago in the Windward Islands chain. The island is 13 sq. miles (34 sq. km), and a dependency of Grenada with a population of 4,595 (1991 census). Image File history File links Hillsborough_carriacou. ... Image File history File links Hillsborough_carriacou. ... Map of Central America and the Caribbean The Caribbean Sea is a tropical body of water adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean and southeast of the Gulf of Mexico. ... The Grenadines are a Caribbean island chain of over 600 islands in the Windward Islands. ... An archipelago is a landform which consists of a chain or cluster of islands. ... This article is about the Caribbean island group. ...


The main settlements on the island are Hillsborough, L'Esterre, Grand Bay, Harvey Vale, and Windward.


The neighbouring island of Petite Martinique is approximately 1 mile away from Carriacou, and also a part of Grenada. With its 586 acres (2.4 kmĀ²), population 900, it is small in comparison to Carriacou. The residents of this island live by boat-building, fishing and seafaring. Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish. ...


The Grenadine islands to the north of Carriacou and Petite Martinique are dependencies of St Vincent. The Grenadines are a Caribbean island chain of over 600 islands in the Windward Islands. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...

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Geography

Carriacou, known as `the island surrounded by reefs' is the largest of the Grenadines and its enchanting beauty and relaxed lifestyle did lead to its international reputation to be among the friendliest, safest and most beautiful islands in The Caribbean: Miles of empty white sand beaches, deep aqua bays, spectacular hill views of surrounding Grenadine islands, nature trails, gorgeous reefs and safe anchoring harbours attract people from all over the world. Central America and the Caribbean (detailed pdf map) The Caribbean, (Spanish: Caribe; French: Caraïbe or more commonly Antilles; Dutch: Cariben or Caraïben, or more commonly Antillen) or the West Indies, is a group of islands and countries which are in or border the Caribbean Sea which lies on...


Carriacou has no rivers. The water supply for the island comes from its rainfall. The driest time of the year is between February and June.

Locator Map
Locator Map
Map of Carriacou Island near Grenada
Map of Carriacou Island near Grenada

Image File history File links Carriacou Island locater map File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Carriacou Island locater map File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Public domain Carriacou Island map from Online Map Creation web site. ... Image File history File links Public domain Carriacou Island map from Online Map Creation web site. ...

History

The first settlers the Amerindians called Carriacou "the land of reefs"


Carriacou was settled by the French, but in 1763 was ceded with Grenada to the British when they captured neighbouring Grenada. The majority of the inhabitants today are of African descent. There still is a British influence on the island as it was colonised by the British Empire and it is part of Grenada, a Commonwealth state. There is also still a French influence which is demonstrated in village names, L'Esterre and the local patois. spoken. The British Empire was, at one time, the foremost global power, and the most extensive empire in the history of the world. ... // Definition and linguistics The original phrase common wealth or the common weal is a calque translation of the Latin term res publica (public thing), from which the word republic comes, which was itself used as a synonym for the Greek politeia as well as for the republican (i. ... Patois, although without a formal definition in linguistics, can be used to describe a language considered as nonstandard. ...


The inhabitants of Carriacou perform the Big Drum or Nation dance which celebrates their West African ancestors that were brought to the island during slavery times. These Big Drum dances are usually performed at "Maroons" village festivals or fetes, were food and drink are prepared but they can also been danced at wakes to remember the dead.


There still is a traditional boat-building located in the village of Windward, in the north of the island where Carriacou's Scottish and Irish ancestors are concentrated. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Carriacouans have migrated to the United Kingdom, the USA as well as other parts of the Caribbean due to the lack of industry (agriculture being the main industry on the island). Though many Carriacouans return for holidays or to retire "back home". Central America and the Caribbean (detailed pdf map) The Caribbean, (Spanish: Caribe; French: Caraïbe or more commonly Antilles; Dutch: Cariben or Caraïben, or more commonly Antillen) or the West Indies, is a group of islands and countries which are in or border the Caribbean Sea which lies on... The word holiday has related but different meanings in English-speaking countries. ...


Recent History

Though Hurricane Ivan in 2004 dealt a devastating blow to the island of Grenada, remarkably, Carriacou and Petite Martinique suffered significantly less damage. However, in 2005, Hurricane Emily hit Carriacou, damaging and forcing evacuation of its, then, only hospital and destroying or damaging hundreds of homes. Hurricane Ivan was the ninth named storm, the sixth hurricane, the fourth major hurricane, and the strongest hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. ... Hurricane Emily was the fifth named storm, third hurricane, and second major hurricane of the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. ...


Festivals

There are three major cultural festivals held on Carriacou. Carnival (see external link below) held in February or early March, the Carriacou Regatta, held on the first weekend in August, is a racing event for locally built boats and the Parang on the weekend prior Christmas, that celebrates the island's traditional christmas music and culture. In 2005, the Regatta celebrated its 40th anniversary. Since the turn of the millenium, a new festival of growing popularity has been started - the Carriacou Maroon Festival held during the second quarter of the year. Swabian-Alemannic carnival clowns in Wolfach, Germany A carnival is a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus and public street party, generally during the Carnival Season. ...


Transport

Carriacou has a small airport, Lauriston, to the west of the island. Flight connections to Carriacou are available from Grenada, Tobago, Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, even via Martinique. Castara village beach looking south, Tobago Tobago is the smaller of the two main islands that make up the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. ...


The Osprey ferry service currently travels between Carriacou, Petite Martinique and Grenada usually twice a daily.


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  Results from FactBites:
 
Carriacou and Petit Martinique - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (202 words)
Carriacou and Petite Martinique, two of the Grenadines have the status of dependencies of Grenada and together with the island of Grenada, make up the 3 inhabited islands of that nation.
Carriacou is the larger of the 2 islands and the closer to Grenada, with a population of around 1,000.
Petit Martinique (called PM locally) is far smaller, with around 1,000 inhabitants.
Our Caribbean Grenada Island Guide, The Information Source (965 words)
The nation of Grenada is actually three islands: Grenada is the largest, measuring 120 square miles; Carriacou is smaller, with a landmass of 13 square miles; and Petit Martinique is the tiniest, comprising only 486 acres.
Carriacou, with a population of 7,000, is the largest.
To Carriacou's northwest lies Petit Martinique, a circular volcanic island with a central hill that commands splendid panoramic views of the surrounding islands.
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