People of St. Vincent

Family at bus stopThe Carib islanders have a dramatic history of cultural warfare, slavery, conquering colonial powers – leading to a referendum for independence in 1979. Before colonization the Caribs (named by Columbus) ruled the island but were defeated by a group known as the Black Caribs, who later put up a fierce resistance to the British.  Most Vincentians are the descendants of African slaves brought to the island to work on plantations. There also are a few white descendants of English colonists, as well as some East Indians, Carib Indians, and a sizable minority of mixed race. The country’s official language is English, but listening on the dollar bus I could understand about one in three words – making interpretation a guessing game.  Here is a glimpse of their lives in picture.

Young charmer at a local restaurant

Kingston is the main town and the market is open every day (except frequent holidays).  If you want the bustle of New York, this is about the only place in the islands you can find it.

Kingston open market

They are wonderfully friendly and communal people!

Kingston Open Market

Kingston Open market

Kingston Open Market

And one of my favorite shots: All These Eyes Have Seen

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