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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is made up by one larger island and 31 small islands and cays. In total, they covers 389 km2, where Saint Vincent make up 344 km2. Here live a bit over 110.000 citizens of which 66% are of African descent, 19% of mixed descent, 6% East Indian, 4% Europeans (mainly Portuguese), 2% Island Carib and 3% others. 81.5% of the population of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is considered Christian, 6.7% has another religion and 8.8% has no religion.
The first Europeans to occupy Saint Vincent were the French. Following a series of wars and peace treaties, the islands were eventually ceded to the British in 1763. The island was restored to French rule in 1779 and regained by the British under the Treaty of Versailles 1783. It gained its independence in 1979.
The island of Saint Vincent is volcanic and includes little level ground. The windward side of the island is very rocky and steep, while the leeward side has more sandy beaches and bays.
Here are three species of amphibians, three geckos, two Anolis, one Iguana, two skink and three snakes. The mammals counts St. Vincent Pygmy Rice Rat: Oligoryzomys victus and four bats. The birds are represented by 150 species, and the marine life is impressive. I am sure here are a lot of interesting plants too.