Carriacou is a dependency of Grenada. It is the most southerly of the Grenadines and is the largest of the chain of islands nestled between St. Vincent and Grenada.
The island is situated about 22 miles north of Grenada, latitude 12.28 degrees north latitude and 61.27 degrees was longitude. This tiny island has an area of 13 square miles and a population of about 8000 people.
History: the early settlers, the Amerindians, called the island Kayryouacou and referred to it as the land of reefs. In 1650, the French purchased the island from the Caribs and settled it. In 1763, the island was ceded along with Grenada to Great Britain. The majority of inhabitants today are African and Scottish decent with the influence on the island being mainly British.
Culture: Carriacou’s culture was derived from a combination of European and African traditions. The island has a rich, cultural history and is known as the ‘Cradle of Culture’ in the Caribbean. The legacy of its culture includes: Big Drum and Quadrille dances, Maroon, boat building and Regatta, Tombstone feast, Carnival and Parang. The island’s unique culture is showcase during our annual maroon festival
The book Carriacou Cultural Heritage Through Poetry describes the history, culture, and traditions of Carriacou.
The author of this book is Terrence J. Mc Lawrence from Windward Carriacou, Grenada.
To purchase this book please contact Mr. Terrence J. Mc Lawrence at: