Kingstown

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Kingstown
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[3]
CountrySaint Vincent and the Grenadines
IslandSaint Vincent
ParishSaint George
Founded1722
Population
(2010)
 • Total16,500[2]
Time zoneUTC-4 (Eastern Caribbean Time Zone (ECT))
Area code784

Kingstown is the capital, chief port, and main commercial centre of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. With a population of 16,500 (2010), Kingstown is the most populous settlement in the country. 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. [4]

History[edit]

People of Kingstown, ca. 1902

The modern capital, Kingstown, was founded by French settlers shortly after 1722, although Saint Vincent had 196 years of British rule before her independence.[5]

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 seed of the Breadfruit tree here for planting, c. 1793.[6]

Geography[edit]

The town is surrounded by steep hills.[7]

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 190 metres (620 ft) above sea level.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Exploring Kingstown". discoversvg.com. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority. Archived from the original on 28 October 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  2. ^ "St Vincent and the Grenadines". The Commonwealth. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Kingstown". Wikimapia. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  4. ^ "About Kingstown (St Vincent and the Grenadines)". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  5. ^ "History in Kingstown (St Vincent)". Exploring Tourism. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  6. ^ http://www.bioversityinternational.org/index.php?id=21&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=531&tx_ttnews%5BbackPID%5D=%7Bpage:uid%7D&no_cache=1 Archived 5 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Introducing Kingstown". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Attractions:Kingstown". Frommer's. Retrieved 29 October 2013.

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