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Montserrat Fast Facts
My son recently compiled this fact sheet about Montserrat, which I think might also prove useful.

Fast Facts about Montserrat
[primary source: CIA World Factbook 1995]
  • Location: Eastern Caribbean, 16 45 minutes North latitude and 62 12 minutes West longitude
  • Area: 100 sq. km. Coastline: 40 km.
  • Climate: tropical
  • Population: 13,000
  • Life expectancy: 78 years
  • Ethnic groups: black, white
  • Religions: Anglican, Methodist, Roman Catholic, other Christian denominations
  • Language: English
  • Literacy: 97 percent
  • Dependency status: overseas territory of the United Kingdom
  • Capital: Plymouth
  • Flag: blue, with flag of UK in one corner and Montserrat's coat of arms
  • National flower: lobster claw (heliconia, banana-like plant with showy bracts) 
  • National bird: Montserrat oriole (black and yellow, native to Montserrat's mountains)
  • Economy: unstable because of volcanic activity
  • Industries: tourism, rum, textiles, electronic appliances
  • Agriculture: cabbages, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, hot peppers, livestock products, limes
  • Currency: 2.7 East Caribbean dollars equal 1.0 U.S. dollar
  • Transportation system: Montserrat is a relatively poor economy so everyone does not have a car. Most public transportation originates from Plymouth City. This consists of a fleet of 8 forty-passenger buses. Each bus can hold approximately 30-40 passengers. The main road that circle Montserrat is Windy Hill Road. It is a 2 lanes paved road.

I hope that you can piece together the facts and use them in your analysis of our island and in the formation of your suggestions to our government.

Melvin Clifton Proprietor

Footnote: Melvin Clifton is a fictitious character. Any relationship to organizations or persons past or present is strictly coincidental.

Review Questions

  1. Describe the economy of Montserrat.
  2. How might a catastrophic hurricane or volcanic eruption affect the economy of Montserrat?
  3. Which characteristics of the island make it vulnerable to hurricanes?