Timeline Montserrat

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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 of Plymouth.
    (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 ceased.
    (SFC, 8/23/97, p.A12)
1999        Jul, The Soufriere Hills volcano exploded.
    (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 territory.
    (AP, 7/16/03)
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.
    (Reuters, 6/15/13)

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