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Leaper's Hill or Carib's Leap

This is where scores of Caribs jumped to their deaths to avoid being enslaved.

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Leaper's Hill (AKA Carib's Leap)

Leaper's Hill also known as Carib's Leap is located north of the town of Sauteurs on the promontory where St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, School and Cemetery are located. Drive up the hill past the school to the cemetery gate.

Walk through the cemetery gate to the steep cliff face that drops over 100 feet to the sea. This is where the Carib inhabitants are said to have jumped to their deaths rather than be enslaved.

The Caribs were not bothered for more than a hundred years after Columbus discovered the Grenada. The island's Carib population was larger than on many other islands because the hunting and fishing grounds were so rich.

It wasn't until 1626 that both the English and French became interested in settling. The French tried in 1638 but the Carib's drove them off.

In 1650 a successful French colony was established on land bought for some knives and hatchets, lots of glass beads and 2 bottles of brandy for the Carib chief.

A year later the Caribs started hostilities again. The French reinforced their colony and decided to obliterate the Caribs.

The Indians were driven here, to this promontory on the northern part of the island. Although they fought fiercely, they were defeated.

An estimated 40 Caribs or more, the only survivors, threw themselves from the cliff rather than surrender. In their memory the French named the spot “le morne de Sauteurs,” or Leaper's Hill.

While here, examine some of the headstones in the cemetery. On the basis of the dates of birth and death carved on the markers, the average life span of Grenadians was quite long before the advent of modern medicine.

That's what a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables can do for you.

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