BACK IN TIME

Bequia Did you know? History St. Vincent
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Jamal Brown wrote and took us back in time.

“I am fascinated with Caribbean History, for History is not merely a subject – it is our way of life, and a perfect way of viewing the world around us.

I want my generation to fully understand and appreciate the historical experiences that have brought us this far, and the mindsets and attitudes that kept our fore-parents happy, hopeful and determined in the simpler times. That way, we’ll be better prepared to navigate our way through the inescapable challenges and demands of a rapidly changing world.

These photographs depict rural community life and livelihoods in St. Vincent in the 1950s and 1960s.”

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A cottage at ‘Bay Road’, St. Vincent 1952: The owner had already finalized payments on his land, and was a proud holder of a Title Deed.

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‘Basin Hole’ Village, St. Vincent 1952: This photograph shows the “higgledy-piggledy” siting of the huts and the type of structure which “pock-marked” the entire area before the Mt. Bentick Slum Clearance Scheme was started.

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A traditional hut at ‘Basin Hole’ Village, St. Vincent, 1952

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Rural slum clearance in St. Vincent by aided self-help, 1952: This cottage was constructed in a newly regularized village, and measured 8’x14′. A 6′ gallery was typically added by the new homeowners when funds became available.

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A completed cottage in one the new villages established under the Slum Clearance Scheme of 1952, St. Vincent.

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A shingled cottage constructed in the new village, St. Vincent, 1952.

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Rural slum clearance in St. Vincent by aided self-help, 1952: Mt. Bentick ‘Bay Road’ Village is seen here after the squatter regularization and cleans

up. This village was in many ways similar to ‘Basin Hole’ Village.

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Rural slum clearance in St. Vincent by aided self-help, 1952: The main street of a new village established as a “spill-over area”.

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This gentleman and his spouse can be seen here making concrete bricks for their new home, St. Vincent 1952.

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‘Basin Hole’, St. Vincent, 1952: This photograph shows the way in which huts were constructed in some parts of the island in the early to mid-1900s. The structures quite notably pock-marked the entire area before the Mt. Bentick Slum Clearance Scheme commenced.

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Terrace cultivation on St. Vincent’s west coast, December 1960.

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Part of the Stoney Ground Housing Scheme with the North River in the foreground. St. Vincent, 1960.

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This gentleman can be seen filling baskets from Arrowroot stacks at the Government-owned Central Arrowroot Factory in Belle Vue, St. Vincent, 1960.

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This photograph shows bananas being cultivated in the shelter of coconut trees in Mount Wynne, St. Vincent, 1960.

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Port Elizabeth, Bequia (1952/ 1953)

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A view of Kingstown from Cane Garden, St. Vincent, 1960.

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A near-aerial view of the town of Layou on St. Vincent’s west coast, 1960.

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