Background: Disputed between France and the United Kingdom in the 18th century, Saint Vincent was ceded to the latter in 1783. Autonomy was granted in 1969 and independence in 1979.
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Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of April 17, 2003
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