1300 - Carib Indians of South America conquer the indigenous Arawak Indians.
1498 - Christopher Columbus visits the main island on St Vincent's Day.
1627 - St Vincent granted to Britain's Lord Carlisle-Island inhabited by (Yellow) Caribs and (Black) Caribs-Garifuna.
1772-73 First Carib-Garifuna/British war. First Indigenous Caribbean people to force the British to sign a treaty
1783 - Treaty of Versailles recognizes St Vincent as a British colony.
1795 –96 Second Carib-Garifuna/British war in response to British failure to honor treaties.
On March 14, 1795, Garifuna paramount chief Joseph Chatoyer is killed in battle.
1797 - Britain, with French support, deports 5,000 Garifuna to Belize following an uprising.
1812 - First recorded eruption of La Soufriere volcano which resulted in many casualties.
1834 - Slavery abolished, forcing plantations to free more than 18,000 slaves; foreign laborers indentured.
1902 - Second eruption of La Soufriere volcano results in the death of 2,000 inhabitants.
1935 - October 21, 1935 saw the a series of working people protests which the British colonial authorities tried to characterize as riots.
The protests were led by a number of working women, including a Black Carib woman named Bertha Mutt.
Also involved was George McIntosh, who later founded the St. Vincent Workingmen’s Association.
1951 - St Vincent granted universal adult suffrage. First Chief Minister, Ebenezer Joshua elected.
1958-62 St Vincent a member of the British-sponsored West Indies Federation.
1969 - St Vincent granted internal self-government under Chief Minister Milton Cato, with Britain retaining responsibility for foreign and defense affairs.
1979 October - St Vincent and the Grenadines become independent with Milton Cato of the center-left St Vincent Labour Party (SVLP) as Prime Minister.
1979 - Uprising called the “December Revolt” on Union Island by a group that wanted more power in the country's new government.
1979 - Third major eruption of La Soufriere volcano.
1981 - Workers stage a general strike in protest at new industrial relations legislation against the background of an economic recession.
1984 - James Mitchell becomes Prime Minister after his center-right New Democratic Party (NDP) wins a surprising victory in the general election.
1989 - Mitchell returned to office after his NDP won all parliamentary seats.
1994 - Mitchell and the NDP returned to office once again, but with a reduced majority.
1998 - Mitchell and the NDP scrape a fourth term. Labor unions and opposition parties launch recall initiative.
2000 - Mitchell resigns and is succeeded by his finance minister, Arniham Eustace.
2000 - Ralph Gonsalves of the opposition coalition, elected Prime Minister
Population (1991): 115,500
Major languages: English
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 71 years (men), 74 years (women)
Monetary unit: 1 East Caribbean dollar = 100 cents
Average annual income: US $2,640