Category Archives: Caribbean

Grenada

Grenada is a tropical island of volcanic origin, its temperature is around 80^F with a mountain range separating the north from the south. Boats like to anchor in Grenada for the hurricane season because it is very rare for any hurricanes to form down there.

Grenada is a small island that is 134 miles squared, it has a population of 106,000 and a GDP per capita of 7,890 US dollars.

HISTORY

mcr68art03sm_fig1Grenada was first inhabited by a peaceful tribe called the Arawaks. They had come from South America in their canoes and landed on a Grenadian beach. They lived peacefully for about five hundred years but then, disaster struck.

The Caribs invaded Grenada and easily won the fight against the peaceful Arawaks. The Caribs then killed all the men on the island taking the women and children for wives and slaves.

Then about two hundred years later Christopher Columbus sailed past Grenada but did not land on the island. Grenada wasn’t taken by Europeans until the seventeenth century.

The French then invaded Grenada taking it as easily as the Caribs did with the Arawaks. The French then set up plantations and slavery on the island in the late seventeenth century.

After that, in the early eighteenth century Great Britain, took over from France in the Fedon’s rebellion. Slavery was finally abolished in the 1830s. Grenada then became the capital of the British Windward islands fifty five years later. In 1974 Grenada won independence from Britain.

AMERICAN INVASION

Then in 1983 Grenada was invaded by America stopping the communist leaning government; this government had been in power for four years. It had close ties with Cuba. They had been building lots of roads, schools and most importantly a huge airport. This is when Ronald Reagan thought that the airport could be a place that Russian military planes could land. It was too close to America so he invaded.

ECONOMY

Grenada is called the island of spice because of it’s large quantities of nutmeg and other tropical spices. Unfortunately most of Grenada’s spice crop was destroyed in the hurricane known as Ivan in 2004.

Grenada makes a lot of its money through tourism. Especially on the south side where there are hotels, nice restaurants and beach resorts. One more thing, there is a five star hotel being built that looks like the most luxurious hotel ever. I would like to stay there when it is finished.

FESTIVAL

carnivalsm_569Grenada has a large festival that takes multiple days. Among the festivities is the pretty mas, it is where men and women dress up in colorful clothes and feathers to dance on the street (mostly inappropriate dances though!)

I have been in Grenada for five months now and I really like it here, I recommend for you to come here on holiday, or even to live here.

Day Out with Parrots

Today we went to an awesome park. When we first went in we saw loads of fish. When we got in to the main bit of the park we saw a MASSIVE cage. In side the cage where loads of parrots, there was a bottle full of cloudy liquid and some plastic cups. When I got a cup loads of the parrots landed on my arm and drank all the liquid!!!!!!!!!! We are not sure what was in the bottle but think it might have been sugar cane juice.

sam-and-parrots

The next cool thing we saw was a humming bird, it hovered around and sucked the nectar out of the flowers. Around the next corner we saw a massive water fall and on top of it was a restaurant. THEN we saw some flamingoes looking for food.

When we got to the end of the park there was a place where we could meet the park goats, I became friends with the black goat.

Before we left we visited the parrots again. When we got back from the trip our friends had arrived and there was a dog on their boat.

What a cool day.

The Atlantic Crossing According to Sam

A flying fish had a boxing fight with Adam last night, it nearly slapped itself into Adams’s face when it flew into the cockpit. So Dad punished it by eating it for breakfast. I didn’t have any because I was sad for the fish.
We haven’t seen many dolphins on this trip, which is surprising because on the last long trip we had we saw dolphins almost every day. Our best dolphin experience is when they all did backflips and stuff. Today we saw an awesome rainbow that looked like it was miles away and looked like it was centimeters away. It was strange, we didn’t find the pot of gold though.
I’ve learned how to knit which is very fun and I’m doing it almost every day, and Mum is making jewellery with me, sometimes. I’m knitting a scarf for Rosie, she is my Grandma’s Jack Russell and the nicest dog in the world. The scarf changes colour along the way, it goes purple, blue, red, blue, red, dark blue, red, yellow, red, blue, red, yellow. Me and Mum would like to learn a pearl stitch sometime, Mum thinks it is pretty important. All I’m here is for is the knitting.
We have eaten some fish, but I was sad when they caught fish, because they died. When they caught this beautiful big fish they made it dull and silver like all the other fish, they destroyed its colour. its name was “Yellow Steve”.
On board we’ve got Adam, and Irish guy who never says “Top of the morning to yer“. He came on the boat because he wanted a lift. Then there is Oscar my cousin (“Who is awesome” says Oscar), “Who is silly” say I, and whatever he’s whispering to me now is not true. There are very few benefits to having Oscar on board but quite a few drawbacks. He plays boring music all the time, speaks Yorkshire, and starts whispering in my ear when I’m trying to listen. And he whispers saying “my precious” with a claw!!!!!
Dad hasn’t watched a single movie so far, and that is very unusual. He has been sleeping, staying up late at night, and downloading grib files. Mum plays fun stuff with me and she doesn’t like the smell of Ham.
We’re going to the Caribbean and I’m not sure what it’s like because we haven’t been there before. When we get there we will probably see turtles, palm trees, blue bananas, and coral reefs. And hopefully not Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.
Sam