Sauteurs

Overview

Introduction

At the northern end of Grenada is Sauteurs, the third-largest town and the site of one of the saddest events in the history of Grenada. In 1651, French troops embarked on a campaign to rid the island of Carib Indians. Soldiers surrounded the remaining Caribs on a lonely promontory above the village. Rather than surrender and be made slaves, the Caribs committed mass suicide by jumping to their deaths from the 100-ft/30-m cliff. Today the place is called Caribs Leap or Leapers Hill (Le Morne des Sauteurs). The view, looking over the meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea to Carriacou and the rock called London Bridge, is spectacular.

In the nearby small village of Mount Rich (along the St. Patrick's River) are the remains of an ancient civilization, known as the Mount Rich Amerindian Remains. You can see petroglyphs etched into large, smooth river stones and early Amerindian artifacts, such as spears, stone tools and pottery, sticking out from the riverbank. Many of the artifacts that were uncovered at the site are on display in the National Museum in St. George's.

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