I have been a lover of historical things since I can remember. There is something deeply enthralling when I immerse myself in those parts of history that remain open to question.
Being an expat in Grenada, I’ve found that one must do their own research in discovering rich historical sites that are outside of our national museum and major tourism pathways. Many of which, dwell in our own backyards. My experiences have been quite different coming from Philadelphia, where historical markers and signage are truly at the fingertips of all who visit the proclaimed ‘birthplace of America’. However now living in Grenada, I must put effort in discovering remnants of history and answers through traveling off the beaten path — and I admit, this adds to the education and mystique…
One of my searches included a venture over to the Saint David parish in an area historically known as the town of Megrin. It was established by the English in 1609 and is the first European settlement in Grenada.
The English were forced to leave Megrin shortly after their arrival, by the Kalinago (also referred as ‘Caribs’ by European settlers). The French would later attempt to colonize Grenada in the mid 1600s. Eventually Megrin town was destroyed during the Fédon Rebellion between 1795-1796.
Today, the location is marked by a large standing rock on stone structure, and the remains of a fortress lookout of some sort.
I then had this sight to take in. It was breathtaking. Not a soul in the distance. However, it was a contrasting experience— viewing this stunning bay while breathing in the cool, clear air, as it filled and expanded my spirit… all the while, seeing this foreign settlement structure— leading me to question the dark intentions traveling with those men who touched shore from distant Europe. Intentions, ultimately of which, planted the bad seeds of colonization that continue to spoil all of our backyards, if we look close enough.
Still, nature’s resilience in beauty ultimately prevails all of dark histories past.
UYC Contributor Carly King-Rushdan