History of St. Mark’s

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The history of St. Mark’s is not heard much, hence, not much is known of the history of St. Mark’s and its town Victoria also known as Sunset City. Over time as more research is done, and community members share their story, we would be able to write a comprehensive historical paper of St. Mark’s.

Saint Mark’s as it was called by the British is a parish located on the north western coast of Grenada in the West Indies. The town of Saint Mark’s is known as Victoria, (shortened by the locals to ‘Toria), a name given to the fishing town on the western side of the parish, where the land meets the Caribbean sea. Saint Mark’s boast the tallest mountain peak on the island of Grenada, Mount Saint Catherine, a summit which towers 2,756 feet or 840 meters above sea level, the mountain and hilly terrains of Saint Mark’s makes the journey to Mt. St. Catherine a challenge for the fit. It is a tradition of the residents of Saint Mark’s to hike annually to the peak of Mount Saint Catherine during the Saint Mark’s Day festival, or Sunset City Festival. Sunset City is the passionate name given to Saint Mark’s by the locals due to the beautiful sunset that can be viewed on evenings in the parish, a sunset viewing boasting its uniqueness nationally.

The early inhabitants of Saint Mark’s were the native Kalinago tribes and some of their markings can still be view on the rocks and stones in the parish. The parish of St. Mark’s it was claimed was also inhabited by the french, who built walls to change the course of the flow of the river. Some of the names of places in Saint Mark’s such as La Resource, Bonjour, Bonair, Belair etc still retain their french names. The town of Victoria was called Grand Pauvre by the french, a name still remembered by the elders. The British renamed the town of Grand Pauvre to Victoria.

Historically the parish of Saint Mark’s since the invasion by the Europeans in the early 1400s was cut up into agricultural estates, this included the Bonair Esate, the Diamond Estate and the Waltham Estate. Elders in the village recalls living in the mountains, and then later moving down to the town. The cause of this migration is a still a mystery.

The people of Saint Mark’s are a very humble, friendly and talented people. However, for some reason Saint Mark’s remains widely under developed, compared to the bustling town in the pass. Hopefully, along the journey of writing our history, we find answers to the many unanswered questions.