To Honor Our Solders
This Project is a Subgroup of Jamaica Graves
And list Jamaicans and others of the Caribbean who Died fighting for our freedom.
In the 113 years between 1702 to 1815, five major wars were fought, covering a period of 56 years, and in all these the islands were closely involved. The War of 1776 was quite different from the earlier ones. It was the first war of independence to be waged in the New World in the period of European expansion. It was also the first successful rising of a colonial people in modern times. The West Indian planters and colonists too found control from London irksome and many of the restrictions put on them intolerably irritating. But they decided in the end to stand with Britain. In 1774 the Continental Congress closed its ports to goods from the West Indies and in 1775 it stopped exportation to the islands. The planters had foreseen famine and by 1776 there were severe shortages of foodstuffs in the Barbados and the Leeward Islands. The danger of invasion was added to that of famine when France entered the war against England in 1778. Dominica fell to the French, but England took St. Lucia. The French retook St. Lucia and captured St. Vincent, Grenada, Tobago and St. Kitts. An attack on Jamaica was only prevented by Rodney's defeat of the French fleet at The Saints of Guadeloupe. By the peace of 1784 England regained Grenada, St. Vincent, St. Kitts, Montserrat, Nevis and Dominica, but St. Lucia and Tobago remained with France
Netherlands Antilles (ABC islands)