New York based creative, Stephenson Worme, will be presenting his new book “Grenada, Back Then and Now in Photos” at GBSS Auditorium on Wednesday, 8th April 2015 at 5.30pm.

About the book, Stephenson writes the following:

This is a very unique book which reflects much of Grenada’s past through photos, spanning from the late 1800s to 1990. Subject areas such as: sports, culture, education, politics, the Revolution, the American Intervention, politics, scenic areas, personalities, agriculture, important significant events, postal service, memorabilia and miscellaneous photos are showcased in the book. ?Grenada Back then In Photos? contains more than 1000 photos, with an abbreviated citation for each photo. This is a must read book. If you wish to purchase a copy, please let me know. My cousin Suzanne will have copies in New Jersey. The price is $US35.00.

Island Caribs and French Settlers in Grenada, 1498-1763 is the first detailed look at the early modern history of Grenada and the Grenadines. Like the history after 1763, this period is quite intriguing and offers fascinating insights into many aspects of Caribbean history in general. Island Caribs and French Settlers in Grenada looks at the native Amerindian populations and their reactions to Spanish invasion of the region after 1498, the early European colonization of Grenada with the failed British attempt in 1609 and the successful French settlement in 1649, and the wars of subjugation and ultimately extermination of the native populations. It also chronicles the privateering and colonial wars among the Europeans, the trials of colonial development, the establishment of plantation agriculture, and the creation and growth of African chattel slavery and the impact on economic and social institutions. The 113 years of French colonization is analyzed and discussed in great detail. It is a testament to the French and the foundation that they built between 1649 and 1763 that the British were able to create a prosperous colonial economy in the decades after Grenada?s cession in 1763.

For those based in Grenada, you can purchase the book at the National Museum or Standard Bookshop in Grenville Street, St. George. Online purchasers can click here to go to the Amazon store where they can obtain both the paperback and digital copies.

Together with our sister Trust in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, we have completed the mission with advisors from IUCN and ICOMOS. Having completed the requirements for the first stage, we are now embarking on completing the future stages.


The Grenada National Trust is a stakeholder in a joint Grenada/St Vincent project promoting? a UNESCO World Heritage nomination for the Grenadine islands. As signatories to the World Heritage Convention, Grenada and St Vincent strongly support this initiative which would enable properties in their respective territories (ie the Grenadine Islands) to achieve inclusion in the UNESCO?s World Heritage List.

To accelerate the nomination process, the first phase of an ?Upstream Pilot Project? was launched in 2012 and Phases 2 and 3 are expected to be achieved by 2014.

A similar approach is envisaged to achieve a UNESCO World Heritage nomination for the town of St George?s or for the fortified system (ie the forts and related facilities) in the town of St George?s.

To these ends the Grenada National Trust is represented in these? World Heritage initiatives by a member of its Council.

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.