British Windward Islands


British Windward Islands

Infobox Former Country
native_name =
conventional_long_name = British Windward Islands
common_name = Windward Islands
continent = North America
region = Caribbean
year_start = 1833
year_end = 1958
status = Colony
empire = United Kingdom
event_start =
event_end = West Indies Federation|
event1 = Federation
date_event1 = 1871
event2 = Barbados left
date_event2 = 1885
event3 = Tobago left
date_event3 = 1889
event4 = Dominica joined
date_event4 = 1940
event5 = Overseas Territory
date_event5 = 1956
event_post = Federation dissolved
date_post = 31 May 1962|
p1 = Barbados
flag_p1 = Flag of Barbados 1885.pngp2 = Dominica
flag_p2 =
p3 = Grenada
flag_p3 = Flag of Grenada 1875.gif
p4 = Saint Lucia
flag_p4 = Saint Lucia Flag 1875.gif
p5 = St. Vincent and the Grenadines|Saint Vincent
flag_p5 = St Vincent colonial flag.pngp6 = Tobago
flag_p6 = Flag of Trinidad and Tobago 1889-1958.gif
s1 = West Indies Federation
flag_s1 = Flag of West Indies.svg







symbol = Coat of arms of the British Windward Islands
capital = St. George's¹
national_motto = I pede fausto
national_anthem = God Save the Queen
common_languages = English
government_type = Constitutional monarchy
title_leader = Monarch
leader1 = Elizabeth II
year_leader1 = 1952-1960 (last)
title_representative = Governor
representative1 = Sir Colville Deverell
year_representative1 = 1958-1960 (last)
footnotes = ¹ Bridgetown was the capital before 1885

The British Windward Islands was a British colony existing between 1833 and 1960 and consisting of the islands of Grenada, St Lucia, Saint Vincent, the Grenadines, Barbados (seat of the governor to 1885, when it became a separate colony), Tobago (to 1889 when it was joined to Trinidad), and Dominica (from 1940, when it was transferred from the British Leeward Islands to the Windward Islands).

The colony was known as the Federal Colony of the Windward Islands from 1871 to June 1956, and then as the Territory of the Windward Islands to its dissolution in 1960.

Its capital was Saint George's on Grenada (originally Bridgetown on Barbados, 1871-1885). They were not a single colony, but a confederation of separate colonies with a common governor-in-chief, while each island retained its own institutions, and they had neither legislature, laws, revenue nor tariff in common. There was, however, a common court of appeal for the group as well as for Barbados, composed of the chief justices of the respective islands, and there was also a common audit system, while the islands unite in maintaining certain institutions of general utility.

ee also

*List of Governors of the British Windward Islands
*History of the British West Indies
*Windward Islands
*British Leeward Islands
*Windward Islands cricket team

ources and references

*1911
* [http://www.worldstatesmen.org/Grenada.html#Windward WorldStatesmen- Grenada] , also shows flags


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