In 1649 a French expedition of 203 men from Martinique led by Jacques du Parquet founded a permanent settlement on Grenada. Within months this led to conflict with the local islanders which lasted until 1654 when the island was completely subjugated by the French. Those indigenous islanders who survived either left for neighbouring islands or retreated to remoter parts of Grenada where they were marginalised—the last distinct communities disappeared during the 1700s.
The Grenada was a 408-ton merchant ship built at Kingston upon Hull, England in 1810. She made four voyages transporting convicts from England to Australia.
Grenada was sheathed in copper in 1816.
Under the command of Andrew Donald and surgeon Emanuel Lazzaretto, she left Sheerness, England on 8 May 1819 with 152 male convicts, passengers and cargo. She arrived at Sydney on 21 October. No convicts died on the voyage. Grenada sailed from Port Jackson on 27 December, bound for Calcutta.
Grenada left Portsmouth, England under the command of Andrew Donald and surgeon Peter Cunningham on 9 May 1821 with 152 male convicts, passengers and cargo. She arrived at Sydney on 16 September. No convicts died on the voyage. She left Port Jackson in December with cargo and passengers for Batavia.
Under the command of Alexander Anderson and surgeon Peter Cunningham, she left London, England on 2 October 1824 with 81 female convicts, passengers and cargo. She arrived at Sydney on 23 January 1825. No convicts died on the voyage. Grenada sailed from Port Jackson on 27 March, bound for Madras.
The most popular versions are: the original with Spanish lyrics by Lara (often sung operatically); a version with English lyrics by Australianlyricist Dorothy Dodd; and instrumental versions in jazz, pop, easy listening, flamenco or rock styles. Other versions in English also exist (one with lyrics by Al Stewart, and one with lyrics by Robert Musel and Edward Lisbona) but these are less common. An Italian version was written in 1954 by Enzo Luigi Poletto. There are also versions in German and in other languages.
The song was much favoured by theatre organists in the UK, because it provided an opportunity for showing off the organ's tuned [harp, glockenspiel, etc.] and non-tuned [castenets, tambourine] percussion.
“I want to take all the politics out of the decision-making when it comes to allocating games,” Grave told the Mason and Guest cricket radio show here. “The highest crowds we experienced in this series was in Grenada — Grenada didn't have cricket between ...