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Geography
Grenada is a Caribbean island, to the north of Trinidad and Tobago. The country consists of the island of Genada and the smaller islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

Saint George's is the capital and the main port.

Grenada is of volcanic origin with central mountains.

The climate is tropical although the temperature is lower at higher altitudes.

Environment
Protected areas in Grenada include the Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve, Levera National Park, La Sagesse Nature Centre and Lake Antoine National Landmark.

Grand Etang consists of a crater lake and rainforest. Levera National Park is an important area for Grenada's water birds which live around its mangrove swamps and lagoon. La Sagesse Nature Centre and Lake Antoine National Landmark also attract many species of birds.

Architecture
Grenada's capital was founded by the French in the early eighteenth century and became British in 1783. The tower of St. George's Roman Catholic Cathedral, built in 1818, rises above Grenada's traditional red tiled roofs.

Examples of English Georgian architecture include Grenada's Houses of Parliament and Government House.

Population
The population of Grenada was estimated at 108,419 in 2011.

Languages
English is the official language and French patois is spoken.

Religion
The majority of Grenadians are Christians.

Food
Popular dishes in Grenada include callaloo, a soup made from spinach or dasheen leaves, and "oil down", a stew of breadfruit, coconut milk, fish or meat, vegetables and dumplings.

Shellfish and fish are caught daily. Vegetables available are cassava, plantains, pumpkins, shallots, sweet potatoes and tomatoes.

A variety of locally grown spices are used in recipes.

Fruits include bananas, coconuts, mangoes, papayas and watermelons. Exotic ice creams are made from tropical fruits such guava, soursop and nutmeg (the kernel of a soft fruit).

Fresh fruit juices are available and alcoholic drinks, such as beer and rum, are brewed locally.

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