Kingstown

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Kingstown
City and Capital
Kingstown, Saint Vincent
Kingstown, Saint Vincent
Nickname(s): "City Of Arches"[1]
Kingstown is located in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Kingstown
Kingstown
Location in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Coordinates: 13°09′28″N 061°13′30″W / 13.15778°N 61.22500°W / 13.15778; -61.22500Coordinates: 13°09′28″N 061°13′30″W / 13.15778°N 61.22500°W / 13.15778; -61.22500[2]
Country Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Island Saint Vincent
Parish Saint George
Founded 1722
Population (2014 est)
 • Total Increase 40,020
Time zone Eastern Caribbean Time Zone (ECT) (UTC-4)
Area code 784

Kingstown is the capital, chief port, and main commercial centre of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. With a population of 25,418 (2005), Kingstown is the most populous as well as the largest settlement by area in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It is the centre for the island's agricultural industry and a port of entry for tourists. The city lies within the parish of Saint George in the south-west corner of Saint Vincent. Exports include bananas which are shipped mainly to the United Kingdom, coconuts, and arrowroot. The city contains numerous shops, eating places and markets.

It is built partially on reclaimed land and is the location of many important buildings, including the Financial Complex which was built in 1991 and accommodates the Office of the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister as well as those of other departments of government, a Court Office of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and almost all of the governmental ministries.

History[edit]

France started a settlement here shortly after 1722.

The botanical garden, conceived in 1765, is one of the oldest in the Western hemisphere. William Bligh, made famous from the Mutiny on the Bounty, brought seeds of the Breadfruit tree here for planting, ca 1793.[3]

Sights[edit]

  • Botanic Gardens St. Vincent: Located on the northern outskirts of Kingstown are the Botanical Gardens. Kingstown is overlooked by Fort Charlotte, on the north side of town. It is located 190m above sea level.[4]

Transportation[edit]

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Minibus

Located in the city is a bus terminal built in 1988.

Ferry[edit]

Ferries run daily between Saint Vincent and the Grenadine Islands and dock at Grenadine Wharf.

Education[edit]

Of the 77 schools located in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 18 are situated in Kingstown, eight primary, nine secondary and one college—The Kingstown Technical College. Several of the schools located there were established over 100 years ago such as the Saint Vincent Grammar School (est. 1908) and the Saint Vincent Girls' High School (est. 1911). Also located in the city is an Open Campus of The University of the West Indies.[citation needed]

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