St Vincent and the Grenadines

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ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES achieved its indepen­dence from Britain in 1979. St Vincent is one of the Lesser Antilles Islands situated in the eastern Caribbean between St Lucia and Grenada.

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It is separated from Grenada by a chain of some 600 small islands known as the Grenadines, the northern islands of which form the other part of the country. The largest of these islands are Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, and Union.

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St Vincent is mountainous, and a chain of volcanoes runs up the middle of the island. One of these volcanoes, Soufriére (1,234 meters or 4,049 feet), is active and last erupted in 1979. The climate is tropical, with very heavy rain in the mountains.

Farming is the main occupation on the islands, although tropical storms are always a threat to crops.

Bananas for the UK are the main export, and the country is the world’s leading producer of arrowroot starch. There is little manufacturing, and unemployment remains high. The government is trying to promote tourism.

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