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Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of Grenada

Ethnicity

Over three quarters of the people in Grenada are of African descent, many of whose ancestors arrived to the Caribbean via the slave trade. The ethnic makeup of these people is unknown as their ancestors came from numerous places in Africa and the people today can vary significantly from individual to individual; however over half of the slaves brought to Grenada were from Nigeria or Ghana. About 15% of the population is a combination of African descent and European descent. There are also small groups of American Indians, including the Caribs, for whom the Caribbean Sea is named.

Language

English is the only official language in Grenada and tends to be the language of choice for communication and in schools. The accent of English in Grenada can be difficult to understand at first as it is substantially different from most major English accents as it closely resembles the accent in other Caribbean nations.

French patois is a commonly native language among many people as well. This language is similar to French, but has various introductions from other languages, including English and African languages brought to the Caribbean by the slave trade of the past.

Religion

Just over half of Grenada's population is Roman Catholic. After this, about 15% is Anglican Christian and a full third of the country adheres to other Protestant religions.

Catholicism is a Christian religion that is one of the first Christian religions (founded after the death of Jesus in about 30-33 AD). Catholicism believes that there is a single God who created everything, a savior, the son of God, Jesus Christ who is the forgiver of sins, and there is the Holy Spirit, which makes up the last part of the Holy Trinity. Catholics follow the teachings of the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments. Much of the faith is based on the life and teachings of Jesus, which is found in the gospels (in the New Testament).

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This page was last updated: May, 2014