Grenada the Isle of Spice. You will think Spices first come to mind when someone hears Grenada, but you will be wrong. Worldwide, and especially in the US, Grenada first conjures up memories of the 1983 US Invasion of the island. But before the US invasion, came the Grenada Revolution.
On March 13th 1979, Maurice Bishop, leader of the New Jewel Movement, seized power from then Prime Minister Eric Gairy, who had fled the island the day before. No lives were lost on either side.
Today is the 30th Anniversary of the Grenada Revolution. March 13th, 1979 was a pivotal event in Grenada’s history. For many, it was a blessing, and for others, it was the worst thing that ever happened to the island.
Regardless, March 13th is still our history, and I thought it fit to share some of it with you today. It will give you get a better perspective of Grenada and Grenadians, allowing you to appreciate the lovely Spice Isle even more when you travel there.
The Revo Speaks: A Documentary on the Grenada Revolution
I recently stumbled upon The Revo Speaks blog by Faye. She’s making a film on the revolution that looks like it will be different and interesting. Here is the trailer:
More Links to the Grenada Revolution
- Maurice Bishop’s Address to the Nation on March 13th 1979.
- Grenada Revolution Online – a significant resource on the revolution by Ann Elizabeth Wilder.
- The Revo Blog – Author/Blogger Debi Alpert takes us on a journey in this multi part series about her time in Grenada during the revolution.
Join the Conversation… Were YOU in Grenada on March 13th, 1979?
- What do you remember?
- How do you feel about the revolution, then and now?
Share your opinions in the comment box below.