Background: Archaeologists have determined that the Siboney were the first to arive on the island of St. Crescens more than 2,000 years ago. They had apparently moved on by the time Chistopher Columbus landed on the island in 1493 because he reported meeting only the Arawak Indians who then populated the islands. The island changed hands frequently between the Spanish, English and French but the island came permanently into English control in the late 1600s. The island became independent in 1965. The population of St. Crescens at the last Census in 2010 was 32,000. The capital of the island, Wolverton, is on its south-western shore where the best natural harbour is located. Previously, the economy was based on fishing and agriculture but tourism is now the island's main revenue earner.
|A traditional fishing boat.|
People and Society: The people of St. Crescens are known as St. Crescians. People of African descent make up 89% of the population, mixed 5%, whites 3% and other, including Middle Easterners, 3%. The majority of St. Crescians are Christians - Methodists 42%, Anglicans 25%, Church of God 12%, Pentecostals 7%, Roman Catholics 4%, Hindus 3%, Muslims 2%. Five percent none or unspecified.
|A religious sect marches through the capital|
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