For narrow as are the channels between Cuba and the opposite coast of Central America, between the Bahamas and Florida, and between Grenada and Tobago, the fauna of the Antillean chain, instead of being a mixture of that of the almost contiguous countries, differs, much from all, and exhibits in some groups a degree of speciality which may be not unfitly compared with that of oceanic islands..
An indecisive action was fought off Grenada on the 6th of July.
They consist of the British island of St Lucia, St Vincent and Grenada, with a chain of small islands, the Grenadines, between the two latter islands.
Between St Vincent and Grenada, following a N.E.
Carriacou, belonging to Grenada, is the largest of the group, being 7 m.
Above the sea, is the chief natural curiosity of Grenada, the Grand Etang, a circular lake, 13 acres in extent, occupying the site of an ancient crater.
The excellent climate and good sea-bathing have made Grenada the health resort of the neighbouring islands, especially of Trinidad.
Barbados is dependent on Grenada for the majority of its firewood.
The governor of the Windward Islands resides in Grenada and is administrator of it.
- Grenada was discovered in 1498 by Columbus, who named it Conception.
In 1665 Grenada passed into the hands of the French West India Company, and was administered by it until its dissolution in 1674, when the island passed to the French Crown.
During the wars between Great Britain and France, Grenada capitulated to the British forces in 1762, and was formally ceded next year by the Treaty of Paris.
Grenada, with cocoa as its staple, has not experienced similar depression to that which overtook the sugar-growing islands of the West Indies.
See Grenada Handbook (London, 1905).