St. Mark’s is a parish located in the north-western part of Grenada. St. Mark’s is said to contain one of the oldest towns in Grenada, although the history of St. Mark’s is not well known or recorded. The original inhabitants of St. Mark’s are said to be of Taino or Kalinago or Amerindian origin. In schools it is taught the original inhabitants were the Arawaks which were a peaceful set of people, who survived by farming. They were later moved on by the Caribs, which were a fierce warlike people that travelled from the South Americas to the West Indies.
In St. Mark’s you can find drawings or writings on rocks and stones, which is said to have been made by original settlers. One such place which is said to be marked as Amerindian site is ‘The Soldier Crab Ridge’ which is located in the mountains of Waltham, St. Mark’s. Another site which is said to have markings on stones is La Resource in St. Mark’s. It is also said there are caves in that area and a mysterious vertical wall. Petroglyphs from early inhabitants can also be found in the Duquense Bay area, in the northern St. Mark’s. The Duquense Bay area is said to be the site of a major French-Amerindian battle, which lead to the Amerindians moving north along the course in the now ‘Davi’ area to Sauteurs where they leap to their deaths in Leapers Hill, according to popular history.
Europeans arrived in St. Mark’s later on in history, and evidence of their existence can be seen in plantation ruins in St. Mark’s. It is said, St. Mark’s were divided by the Europeans into estates or plantations which was used for agricultural purposes. The main estates included the Bonair Estate, the Diamond Estate, and the Waltham Estate. Ruins of these estates can still be found in areas in St. Mark’s, although not all is readily or easily accessible.
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