Area 150 sq. mi. population 105,000 capital Kingstown (pop. 29,000) literacy 96% life expectancy 74 currency East Caribbean dollar gdp per capita $10,500 economy ind: food processing, cement, furniture, clothing, starch. agr: bananas. coconuts, sweet potatoes, spices, cattle, fish. exp: bananas, dasheen (taro), arrowroot starch, tennis rackets.
This Eastern Caribbean country consists of volcanic St. Vincent island and the Grenadines, 32 smaller islands and cays. St. Vincent is hilly with rich volcanic soils, and its volcano, soufriere, last erupted in 1979 the year of independence from Britain. Two hydroelectric plants help power St. Vincent’s diversifying economy, dependent in part on exports of bananas and arrowroot, which is valuable as a starch in carbon less copy paper. Tourism is of growing importance.