It didn’t take the Caribs very long to figure out that they were swindled by the French. As the story goes the French gave the Caribs a few bottles of Brandy, and some beads in exchange for the right to settle in Grenada.
Eventually the Brandy finished, and the Caribs grew bored with the shiny trinkets, so they attacked and killed several Frenchmen.
Of course the the French did not take this lying down and decided to wipe out the Caribs. The Caribs last stand was at what’s now the town of Sauteurs in St. Patricks. As the European historians tell it, the few Caribs that were not killed refused to surrender to the French, and instead leaped over the precipice.
Hmmm… I wonder if the French didn’t just force the Caribs to jump… guess we will never find out.
The French called the precipice Le Morne De Sauteurs, which translated means Leapers Hill. Hence the reason the town that developed there is called Sauteurs. The hill is also referred to as Caribs Leap.
Okay enough with the history lesson for today. What you should know is that if you are in Sauteurs St. Patricks, then you should visit Leapers Hill.
There is a very nice museum of sorts at Leapers Hill that has a collection of Carib artifacts. I have pictures but you will have to go visit the museum yourself.
It will cost you about US$2.00 to get in, a small price to see and learn more about Grenada’s history. The museum is also an excellent vantage point from which to see the islands north of Grenada including Carriacou.