St. George's, Grenada

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St. George's, population 7,500 (1999), with an agglomeration of 33,000 people is the capital of Grenada. The city is surrounded by a hillside of an old volcano crater and is on a horseshoe-shaped harbour.

The city is a popular Caribbean tourist destination that attracts thousands of tourists, cruise ships, and even celebrities. The city has significantly developed in recent years, while preserving its rich history, culture, and natural beauty. The city is home of St. George’s University School of Medicine. The main exports are cacao, nutmeg, and mace.

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History

St. George's was built by the French in 1650. This is made apparent by the many red roofed houses in the city. After the Great Fire of 1771, most of the boarding houses on Granby Street were moved to Gouyave. On the 1st of November 1775 there were a Great Fire in the town of St. George's known as the Great Fire of St George's .

Following the withdrawal of Bridgetown, Barbados, in the mid 1880s, St. George's went on to become the replacement capital of the former colony of the British Windward Islands.

The Tikal was the first art cater shop in Grenada and it was opened in December 1959. In 2004, St. George's and the rest of Grenada were severely battered by Hurricane Ivan. The hurricane left significant destruction across the island and crippled much of the island's infrastructure. It was estimated that some 90% of the island's homes had sustained damage and the nutmeg trees which are key to Grenada's economy were devastated. A year later with the help of international donors (Canada, the United States, and the European Union) Grenada had experienced a significant turn around in rebuilding efforts. By 2007, Grenada had participated as planned in the hosting of the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

Hospitals

  • General Hospital
  • Mount Gay Hospital
  • Old Trafford Medical Center
  • St Augustine's Medical Services
  • St. George’s University School of Medicine
  • Marryshows' Hospital & Health Clinic
  • Salus Clinic

Main sites

  • Roman Catholic Cathedral built in 1818
  • Anglican Church built in 1825
  • Wharf Road
  • Fort George built by the French in 1705
  • St. Georges fresh produce marketplace
  • Grande Anse beach, shopping centers, hotels
  • Maurice Bishop International Airport (Point(e) Saline)
  • Grenada National Museum
  • Parliament Building, also known as York House, houses the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Supreme Court
  • Governor General Residence, Government Offices
  • Fort Frederick Fort Complex
  • Queen's Park Stadium Complex, built by the Chinese to host part of the 2007 Cricket World Cup

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