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Kingstown, Saint Vincent
City Of Arches [1]
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Location in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Coordinates: 13°09′28″N061°13′30″W / 13.15778°N 61.22500°W / 13.15778; -61.22500 Coordinates: 13°09′28″N061°13′30″W / 13.15778°N 61.22500°W / 13.15778; -61.22500 [2]
Country Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Island Saint Vincent
Parish Saint George
 (2012) [3]
Time zone UTC-4 (Eastern Caribbean Time Zone (ECT))
Area code 784
Climate Af

Kingstown is the capital, chief port, and main commercial centre of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. With a population of 12,909 (2012), [3] Kingstown is the most populous settlement in the country. It is the centre for the island's agricultural industry and a port of entry for tourists. The city lies within the parish of Saint George in the south-west corner of Saint Vincent. [4]



People of Kingstown, ca. 1902 The National geographic magazine (1902) (14779547834).jpg
People of Kingstown, ca. 1902

The modern capital, Kingstown, was founded by French settlers shortly after 1722, although Saint Vincent had 196 years of British rule before its independence. [5]

The botanical garden, conceived in 1765, is one of the oldest in the Western hemisphere. William Bligh, made famous from the Mutiny on the Bounty, brought seed of the breadfruit tree here for planting, c.1793. [6]


The town is surrounded by steep hills. [7] Secondary education is provided by the Thomas Saunders Secondary School, Boys Grammar School, Girls High School, Bishop College, St Martain, and St Josephs Convent School at Richmond Hill.


The city is served by Argyle International Airport, which has commercial passenger services to the United States, Canada and, soon,[ when? ] to the United Kingdom.


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