Commemorating the 34th Anniversary of the Independence of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 34th Anniversary of the Inde-
pendence of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay
just tribute to the cultural heritage of the ethnic groups which
comprise and contribute to the richness and diversity of the community
of the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in keeping with its time-ho-
nored traditions, it is the intent of this Legislative Body to commem-
orate the 34th Anniversary of the Independence of St. Vincent and the
Grenadines; and
WHEREAS, The people of this great State and nation and St. Vincent and
the Grenadines enjoy a deep and abiding relationship rooted in kinship
and culture; and
WHEREAS, The island now known as St. Vincent was originally named
Hairouna ("The Land of the Blessed") by the native Caribs; the Caribs
aggressively prevented European settlement on St. Vincent until 1719;
WHEREAS, Prior to this, formerly enslaved Africans, who had either
been shipwrecked or who had escaped from Barbados, Saint Lucia and
Grenada and sought refuge in mainland St. Vincent, intermarried with the
Caribs and became known as Garifuna or Black Caribs; and
WHEREAS, St. Vincent has a French and British colonial history and is
now part of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, CARICOM, and
the Commonwealth of Nations; from 1763 until its independence in 1979,
St. Vincent and the Grenadines passed through various stages of colonial
status under the British; and
WHEREAS, A representative assembly was authorized in 1776, a Crown
Colony government was installed in 1877, a legislative council was
created in 1925, and universal adult suffrage was granted in 1951; and
WHEREAS, During the period of its control of St. Vincent and the
Grenadines, the British made several unsuccessful attempts to affiliate
the island with other Windward Islands; this would have simplified
Britain's control over the region through a unified administration; and
WHEREAS, In the 1960s, several regional islands under British control,
including St. Vincent, also made an independent attempt to unify, and
this unification was to be called the West Indies Federation; this was
driven by a desire to gain freedom from British rule, but the attempt
collapsed in 1962; and
WHEREAS, St. Vincent was granted "associate statehood" status by
Britain on October 27, 1969; this gave it complete control over its
internal affairs, but was short of full independence; and
WHEREAS, On October 27, 1979, following a referendum under Milton
Cato, St. Vincent and the Grenadines became the last of the Windward
Islands to gain its independence; it came on the 10th anniversary of St.
Vincent's associate statehood status; and
WHEREAS, The 34th Anniversary of St. Vincent and the Grenadines' Inde-
pendence provides an opportunity to recognize the significance of its
contributions to the quality and character of life, and, through events
and activities, for all people to gain a greater appreciation of its
history and traditions, and of the role it has played, and will continue
to play, in our society; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity to
recognize such events of significance which foster ethnic pride and
exemplify the cultural diversity that represents and strengthens the
fabric of the people and the State of New York; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 34th Anniversary of the Independence of St. Vincent and
the Grenadines.


  • 05 / Apr / 2013
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
  • 17 / Apr / 2013

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