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Background

Christopher Columbus discovered the Island of St. Vincent at 1498. The country's first known inhabitants were Arawaks, later driven out by Caribs; the latter put up a strong resistance to European colonisation. Through the Island's history, the residency of mainland had been basically shared by 2 races of people, the 'Caribs' on the Leeward side of the island and the 'Garifunas' on the Windward. In 1797, the Garifunas were shipped to Central America and simultaneously the yellow Caribs moved to the northeast of the island to what is now called Sandy Bay where their descendants now live.

St. Vincent changed hands between the English and French several times. France took the island in 1779, but restored it to Britain in 1783, under the Treaty of Versailles. At last, The British handled the Island as a colony in 1871.

Through the historical evolution of the Island, St Vincent and the Grenadines is a small agricultural country which its full independent movement was started relatively late,after the break up of the West Indies Federation, of which it had been a member, in 1962. In 1969,the Island gained the right of internal self government and became a self-governing state in British Associated State. At the end, St. Vincent is recognized as a fully independent state within the British Commonwealth on October 27, 1979.

Holidays

Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Mar 14 - National Hero's Day
Mar 25* - Good Friday
Mar 28* - Easter Monday
May 1 - Labour Day
May 31* - Whit Monday
Jul 4* - Carnival Monday
Jul 5* - Carnival Tuesday
1st Monday in Aug - August Monday
Oct 27 - Independence Day
Dec 25 - Christmas Day
Dec 26 - Boxing Day

Ps: These festivals' dates (*) given above are approximations which are subject to change every new year. Besides, if the above dates fall on a Sunday, the following Monday will be taken as a public holiday.

Phone Codes

Country Code: 1 784
Outgoing International Code: 0

Resources

Market Research

CIA - The World Factbook - St. Vincent
There is a wide range of country database research which introduces St. Vincent under different fields as its geography,people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, transnational issues. 

About St. Vincent
In this website, it is examined the business profile of St. Vincent in terms of indicating business environment, commercial outlook including its contact information. Besides, there is available to find out a number of information about the Island in details as its history, social profile, contact addresses...etc.

Offshore Business Sectors in St. Vincent and Grenadines
This website exhibits the profile of offshore business sectors operated in St. Vincent including related regulations & statistical information provided by the government.

OPIC Links: Investor's Information Gateway for St. Vincent
There is available country database information links which are efficient for the new investors planned to do business in St. Vincent including the contact lists of the institutions, organization related to St. Vincent business.

Trade Information

St. Vincent International Business Corporation
It is U.K. Finance webpage that provides a number of information on the business environment in St. Vincent.

Contact Information of St.Vincent's Institutions
There is a number of contact information of St. Vincent's Ministry of Tourism and Culture, High Commission for St Vincent & the Grenadines, St Vincent & the Grenadines Tourist Office, British High Commission...etc.

 
 
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