History, Folklore and People of St. Vincent

History, Folklore and People of St. Vincent

St Vincent Botanical Garden

Aired on October 21, 2014

Doc Adams photo taken by Tonya Fitzpatrick
Doc Adams photo taken by Tonya Fitzpatrick

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.

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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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