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Grenada is the second smallest independent country in the Western Hemisphere (after Saint Kitts and Nevis). A Marxist government was elected in October 19, 1983. The Coard faction[?] imprisoned and executed the elected President, the charismatic Maurice Bishop[?].

Six days later, on October 25, 1983 the island was invaded by United States forces and those of six other Caribbean nations in part of a military campaign called Operation Urgent Fury. The forces quickly captured the ringleaders and their hundreds of Cuban advisers, most of whom were laborers working on the construction of a major airport for the island which the United States completed years later. Elections were held the following year. A publicised tactical concern of the United States was the safe recovery of U. S. nationals[?] enrolled at St. George's University[?].

Economic progress in fiscal reforms and prudent macroeconomic management have boosted annual growth to 5%-6% in 1998-99; the increase in economic activity has been led by construction and trade. Tourist facilities are being expanded; tourism is the leading foreign exchange earner. Major short-term concerns are the rising fiscal deficit and the deterioration in the external account balance. Grenada shares a common central bank and a common currency with seven other members of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States[?] (OECS).

The capital is Saint George's[?].

From the CIA World Factbook 2000 and the U.S Department of State website. Not Wikified.

Grenada is also:

  1. a place in the State of California in the United States of America: see Grenada, California.
  2. a place in the State of Mississippi in the United States of America: see Grenada, Mississippi.
  3. a brand of Ford Motor Company, see Ford Grenada[?]

See also Granada, a city in Spain.

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