St. George's

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St. George's
St. George's (Grenada)
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Coordinates 12 ° 3 ′  N , 61 ° 45 ′  W Coordinates: 12 ° 3 ′  N , 61 ° 45 ′  W
Basic data
Country Grenada


Saint George
Residents 7000 (2005)
Metropolitan area 37,000 (2014)
The capital St. George's, photo from 1983
The capital St. George's, photo from 1983
The cathedral got a new roof after the hurricane.

St. George’s is the capital of the island nation of Grenada in the Caribbean and has a population of around 7,000 (as of 2005). About 37,000 people live in the agglomeration of St. George's.

The city is the seat of the diocese of Saint George's in Grenada .


St. George's is located on the slopes around a natural horseshoe-shaped harbor bay and has a colonial cityscape that was shaped by the French and British colonists. There are three forts on the hills surrounding the city : Fort George (the oldest), Fort Matthew (the largest), and Fort Frederick (the highest).

Point Salines Airport is seven kilometers away .



St. George's was founded as Fort Royal by the French in 1650 . In the colonial wars at the end of the 17th and 18th centuries, the settlement was looted by Dutch pirates in 1675 and changed hands several times between France and England (or from 1707 Great Britain ). It was not until 1783 that St. George's - like Grenada as a whole - finally became British as a result of the Peace of Paris . Twice within a few years, in 1771 and 1775, the small town consisting of wooden houses burned down almost completely. In the face of these disasters of fire, the citizens were urged to rebuild the houses at least along the main streets with stones or bricks; the slaves' huts continued to be built of wood.

Natural disasters

When Hurricane Ivan hit Grenada in early September 2004, 95% of St. George's homes, including the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and St. George's Parish Church , were destroyed or damaged. In the following years, the city was repeatedly affected by tropical cyclones.

sons and daughters of the town

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Fischer Weltalmanach 2013, entry Grenada .
  2. Foreign Office: Grenada
  3. Fort Matthew. Retrieved April 9, 2018 .
  4. ^ Beverley Steele: Grenada. A History of its People . Macmillan Caribbean, Oxford 2003. ISBN 0-201-52396-5 . P. 72.

Web links

Commons : St. George's, Grenada  - Collection of images, videos and audio files