It’s one of the smallest independent countries in the western hemisphere and was named “Mayo” by the Italian explorer Vespucci. The current name, Grenada, is credited to Spanish explorers and sounds much more likable! As the symbol of the pod on its flag represents, it is a leading exporter of nutmeg and is known as the “Island of Spice.” All seven islands are on the edge of the hurricane belt, which means the season lasts from June to November. Mount Saint Catherine on the island and Kick ‘em Jenny, an active submarine volcano a few yards from the coastline, are two volcanos found in Grenada. In 1983, the U.S. led an operation code-named Operation Urgent Fury. It intervened during a government revolt by capturing critical governmental Marxists and Cuban advisers, which allowed the rule of law to be restored. Capital: Saint George Population: 113,570 Languages: English (official), French patois Lowest Point: Caribbean Seas — 0 ft. above sea level Highest Point: Mt. Saint Catherine — 2756 ft. above sea level Religion: Protestant 49.2% (Baptist 3.2%); Catholic 36%
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