History, Folklore and People of St. Vincent

The dome at St. Vincent's botanical garden
The famous dome at the historic botanical garden on St. Vincent. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Chatting with historian Dr. Edgar Adams at the Botanical Gardens of St. Vincent.  (c) World Footprints Media

We journey to the island of St. Vincent to explore ancient places and the history of a proud people few know anything about.  Our first stop is to the Botanical Gardens of St. Vincent, the oldest such garden of its type in the Western Hemisphere, and we are joined by historian Dr. Edgar Adams for a look into some of the events and experiences that have defined his life and the history of St. Vincent.

Augustine Sutherland, a garafuna decendant.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick

Then we travel to Fort Charlotte where we meet Augustine Sutherland, a decendant of one of St. Vincent's indigenous ethnic groups, the Garafuna.   Fort Charlotte was built by the British (1793-1806), not to defend against a naval attack but as an inland defense against attacks from the Garafuna, Kalinago and the French.  This is evidenced by the fact that the cannons of Fort Charlotte face inland.  Augustine shares some of the tragic history his ancestors faced here and some of the challenges he faced growing up as a Garafuna on St. Vincent.

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Air Date: 
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 8:00pm

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