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A 39 sq. mile island in the Caribbean central Leeward Islands in the
E. West Indies, whose capital
is Plymouth. [It also refers to a mountain in NE Spain, NW of
Barcelona and the site of the Montserrat Monastery.]
(SFC, 8/23/97, p.A12) 1493
Columbus named Montserrat after the monastery near Barcelona. He did
not bother to land on the island.
(NH, Jul, p.20)
1632 The British colonized
Montserrat. Irish Catholics, who fled religious persecution or had
served out their time as indentured servants in the British West
Indies, began settling in Montserrat.
(NH, Jul, p.20)(SSFC, 2/5/06, p.F2)
1768 Mar 17, A failed slave
uprising took place on Montserrat on St. Patrick’s Day.
(SSFC, 2/5/06, p.F2)
1960 Montserrat was established
as a British colony.
(WUD, 1994, p.928)
1995 Jul, A volcano reawakened
in southern Montserrat and threatened the 12,000 people on the 7 by
11 mile island. Officials evacuated 5,000 people from the southern
end after the volcano began spewing ash and rock.
(SFC, 4/4/96, p.A-9)
1996 May 18 During the week a
series of eruption from the volcano in the Soufriere Hills sent a
plume of ash and rock soaring 3,000 feet..
(SFC, 5/18/96, p.A-9)
1996 Sep 17, The Soufriere
Hills volcano erupted for 48 minutes.
(SFEC, 10/6/96, T11)
1997 Jun 25, The Soufriere
Hills volcano spewed rock and hot ash and killed 6 people while 17
were reported missing.
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.A12)
1997 Aug 4, Superheated rock
from the Soufriere Hills volcano flowed into the abandoned capital
(SFC, 8/5/97, p.A9)
1997 Aug 22, On Montserrat
voluntary evacuation of the islanders was begun. Two-thirds of the
12,000 inhabitants fled the island. It was expected that much of the
island would not be habitable for 20 years after the eruptions
(SFC, 8/23/97, p.A12)
1999 Jul, The Soufriere Hills
(SFC, 7/24/99, p.A8)
2003 Jul 15, Montserrat's
governor declared the Caribbean island a disaster zone, days after a
volcanic eruption spewed clouds of rock and ash over the British
2012 May 31, Montserrat's
Premier Reuben Meade said the island of 5,000 people is an overseas
British territory by choice and that its inhabitants do not consider
themselves to be a colony. The island is one of 7 in the Caribbean
that the UN considers colonies.
(SFC, 6/1/12, p.A2)
2013 Jun 15, Britain clinched a
deal with its major offshore tax havens on Saturday that will see 10
British overseas territories and crown dependencies sign up to
international protocols on information sharing. Those included were
Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar,
Anguilla, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Jersey, Guernsey and
the Isle of Man.