With a population of over 109,590, the island nation of Grenada is composed primarily of formally Afro-Caribbean slaves (82%) with some mixed Afro-European (13%) and East Indian (5%) (CIA, 2013). All traces of the original Arawak/Carib Amerindian inhabitants of the island were wiped out in a series of massacres and forced relocation occurring in the 18th century(Steele, 2003). Since the 1980’s gentrification of most urban areas has occurred, accompanied by the movement of large portions of the population from rural communities towards the cities in the south and south-west of the island (CIA, 2013) (Steele, 2003).
Grenada is almost solely a Christian country with 53% of the population being Roman Catholic, 33.2% protestant and 13.8% Anglican (CIA, 2013). The prevalence of the Christian religious leaning of the island stems from colonial residuals, specifically initial colonization by the French from 1649 to 1763 (Roman Catholic) and later by the British from 1763 to 1974 (Anglican and protestant) (Steele, 2003).