1498, discovery by Christopher Columbus of an archipelago inhabited by the Arawaks, and then by the Caribs.
1672, British attempt to colonise the archipelago, which fails as a result of Indian resistance.
1763, British territory.
1779-1783, French occupation.
1783, British colony ratified by the treaty of Paris.
1902, eruption of La Soufrière volcano, causing 2,000 deaths.
1969, The state joins the Commonwealth.
1979, Independence. Constitutional monarchy, whose head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, represented by governor Sir Charles James Androbus since 1996.
1984, Electoral victory of the New Democratic Party; Sir James Mitchell is the Prime Minister.
Today : Elizabeth II's current representative is Governor General Sir Fredrick Nathaniel Ballantyne (since September 2002) and the Prime Minister is Sir Ralph E. Gonsalves (since March 2001).
1st January: New Year.
22nd January: National holiday.
April: Easter. Bequia Regatta takes place over the Easter weekend.
1st May: Labour Day.
May: Canouan Regatta.
July: The two-week Vincy Mas Carnival on St. Vincent.
July-August: Carriacou Regatta.
August: Carnivals on all the islands except St. Vincent.
27th October: Independence Day.
25th and 26th December: Christmas celebrations.