21 November 2008

1 800 spice

Wharf Road / St. George's, Grenada
Grenada is known as The Spice Isle because it is a leading producer of several important spices. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mace, allspice, and especially nutmeg are grown on the island, providing almost 20% of the world spice supply. All are important exports with the island being the world's 2nd largest producer of nutmeg. It seemed that everyone we encountered while wandering the streets of St. George's was wanting to sell us some sort of spice. In 2004, after being hurricane free for almost 50 years, the island was directly hit by Hurricane Ivan. Ivan struck as a Category 3 hurricane and caused 90 percent of the homes to be damaged or destroyed. Also especially hard hit were the churches - when we were there in May 2007 many were still without roofs.

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