Saint Vincent Island is the biggest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - sovereign country in Lesser Antilles (southern Windward Islands, West Indies, Caribbean Sea). The island is located approx 160 km (100 ml) west of Barbados. Saint Vincent is also between Grenada and Saint Lucia.
Saint Vincent covers a total land area of approx 389 km2 (150 ml2) and has population around 110,000. Country's capital and main seaport is Kingstown - on the island's south-southeast coast, founded 1722 and with current population around 25,000. The rest of island's population (called Vincentians / Vincies) lives along the coastline, including the other 5 main towns - Layou, Barrouallie, Chateaubelair, Calliaqua, Georgetown.
Saint Vincent Island's highest elevation point is 1234 m (4048 ft) above sea level - the active volcano La Soufriere, with recorded largest eruptions in 1812 and 1902. Its most recent eruption was in 1979 (April 13). The island is mountainous and well-forested. Its total land area is 344 km2, or about 88% of country's total area.
In the 18th-century, the Caribben Saint Vincent territory was disputed between Britain and France. In 1763 it was ceded to UK, then again in 1783. Saint Vincent became independent from UK on October 27, 1979.
Saint Vincent Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to St Vincent Island Grenadines dock (anchor) at Kingstown - port town on the southern coast.
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