ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN SAINT VINCENT and THE GRENADINES
Sovereign : Queen Elizabeth II (1952)
Total area : 150 sq mi (389 sq km)
Population (2007 est.) : 118,149
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Kingstown, 17,600
Monetary unit : East Caribbean dollar
Languages : English, French patois
Ethnicity/race : Black 66%, mixed 19%, East Indian 6%, Carib Amerindian 2%, other 7%
Religions : Anglican 47%, Methodist 28%, Roman Catholic 13%, Hindu, Seventh-Day Adventist, other Protestant
Literacy rate : 96% (1970 est.)
Economic summary : GDP/PPP (2007 est.): $902 million; per capita $3,600 (2005 est). Real growth rate: 4.4% (2007 est). Inflation: –1% (2005 est.).
St. Vincent, chief island of the chain, is 18 mi (29 km) long and 11 mi (18 km) wide and is located 100 mi (161 km) west of Barbados. The island is mountainous and well forested. St. Vincent is dominated by the volcano Mount Soufrière, which rises to 4,048 ft (1,234 m). The Grenadines, a chain of nearly 600 islets with a total area of only 17 sq mi (27 sq km), extend for 60 mi (96 km) between St. Vincent and Grenada. The main islands in the Grenadines are Bequia, Balliceau, Canouan, Mayreau, Mustique, Isle D'Quatre, Petit Saint Vincent, and Union Island.
The Carib Indians inhabited St. Vincent before the Europeans arrived, and the island still sports a sizable number of Carib artifacts. Explored by Columbus in 1498, and alternately claimed by Britain and France, St. Vincent became a British colony by the Treaty of Paris in 1763. In 1773, the island was divided between the Caribs and the British, but conflicts between the groups persisted. In 1776, the Caribs revolted and were subdued. Thereafter the British deported most of them to islands in the Gulf of Honduras. Sugarcane cultivation brought thousands of African slaves and, later, Portuguese and East Indian laborers.
The islands belonged to the West Indies Federation from 1958 until its dissolution in 1962, won home rule in 1969 as part of the West Indies Associated States, and achieved full independence Oct. 27, 1979.
Islamic History and Muslims
According to the United States Department of State, Islam is a minority religion in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, with some Muslims living in the island nation. According to 1988 statistics, there 1% Muslim in in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Islamic Centers and Organizations
Muslim Owned Business