The story of the Caribs last stand and their leap to certain death is known throughout the Caribbean, yet we struggle to commemorate this chapter in our history with the prominence it deserves. The Trust is seeking to use all available powers to remedy this situation.
Leapers’ Hill or caribs’ leap
The Island Caribs or Kalinago remain a symbol for the people of Grenada and the Caribbean because of their fierce resistance to European colonization. Thus, the Leapers’ Hill site, where more than forty of them jumped to their deaths on the night of 30 May 1650, represents an heroic self sacrifice that left them a legacy of resistance. That bloody event is remembered with reverence throughout Grenada and the Caribbean and continues to hold great symbolism over three centuries later. As such, the site at Leapers’ Hill is hallowed ground in the post-Columbian struggles between Amerindians and Europeans for control of the region, and should be accorded the due respect and commemoration it deserves.
To that end, the Grenada National Trust will seek to make this an official national historical site. It is the plan of the GNT to work with the Government of Grenada and other stakeholders, including the local community, to reopen the interpretation centre and develop the site as a primary part of our educational and visitor attraction. The interpretation centre will provide up-to-date information on the history of the Kalinagos in Grenada and their struggles against European invasion. It will host local students on field trips and visitors who come in search of an understanding of this tragic event that left an enduring legacy to the indigenous community. Its ultimate goal is to remove the sadness and anger this solitary hill may evoke, by providing a fitting memorial to the Kalinagos. It will promote their heritage so that we can celebrate those who valiantly fought to defend and preserve their way of life in the face of an unprecedented onslaught against their culture and persons. Please join us in making this endeavour a success by supporting the efforts of the Grenada National Trust.