World Atlas: Montserrat. On this page you can see the map, country flag and many detailed information about the people, history and economy of Montserrat.
Here you can find online selected information about the geography, inhabitants, government, economy and history of Montserrat. Included are selected statistics, an overview map and the detailed map of Montserrat. But let's start with the flag of Montserrat here:
Montserrat - Overview:
What you should know about Montserrat? Let's start with this: English and Irish colonists from St. Kitts first settled on Montserrat in 1632; the first African slaves arrived three decades later. The British and French fought for possession of the island for most of the 18th century, but it finally was confirmed as a British possession in 1783. The island's sugar plantation economy was converted to small farm landholdings in the mid-19th century. Much of this island was devastated and two-thirds of the population fled abroad because of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano that began on 18 July 1995. Montserrat has endured volcanic activity since, with the last eruption occurring in July 2003.
Geography of Montserrat
Where on the globe is Montserrat? The location of this country is Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, southeast of Puerto Rico. Total area of Montserrat is 102 sq km, of which 102 sq km is land. So this is quite a small country. How could we describe the terrain of the country? This way: volcanic island, mostly mountainous, with small coastal lowland. The lowest point of Montserrat is Caribbean Sea 0 m, the highest point Soufriere Hills volcano pre-eruption height was 915 m; current lava dome is subject to periodic build up and collapse; estimated dome height was 1050 m in 2015. And the climate is tropical; little daily or seasonal temperature variation.
Inhabitants of Montserrat
Let's take a look how many people live in Montserrat. The number is: 5,292. So not so many people live here. Who lives here? African/black 88.4%, mixed 3.7%, hispanic/Spanish 3%, caucasian/white 2.7%, East Indian/Indian 1.5%, other 0.7% (2011 est.). What are the languages in Montserrat? English. And the religions: Protestant 67.1% (includes Anglican 21.8%, Methodist 17%, Pentecostal 14.1%, Seventh Day Adventist 10.5%, and Church of God 3.7%), Roman Catholic 11.6%, Rastafarian 1.4%, other 6.5%, none 2.6%, unspecified 10.8% (2001 est.). How old are the people in average? 33.2 years. We have to add that this number is the median - so one half of the people is older than this, one half is younger. And what is their life expectancy (at birth)? This: 74.6 years. Where the people live in Montserrat? Here: only the northern half of the island is populated, the southern portion is uninhabitable due to volcanic activity. The major urban areas of Montserrat are: unknown.
Government and Economy of Montserrat
The capital of Montserrat is Plymouth; note - Plymouth was abandoned in 1997 because of volcanic activity; interim government buildings have been built at Brades Estate, the de facto capital, in the Carr's Bay/Little Bay vicinity at the northwest end of Montserrat and the government type parliamentary democracy (Legislative Council); self-governing overseas territory of the UK. Let's take a look at the administrative divisions - 3 parishes; Saint Anthony, Saint Georges, Saint Pete. Regarding the economy of Montserrat, important industrial products are tourism, rum, textiles, electronic appliances. Important agricultural products are cabbages, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, peppers; livestock products. The most important export commodities are electronic components, plastic bags, apparel; hot peppers, limes, live plants; cattle and the most important export partners are unknown. The most important import commodities are machinery and transportation equipment, foodstuffs, manufactured goods, fuels, lubricants and the most important import partners are unknown. How rich is Montserrat and how rich are people in this country? The most important number here is GDP per capita (PPP): $8,500 (2006 est.). This is quite a low number. Let's add that this means Gross Domestic Product per person, which is recalculated with respect to the relative cost of local goods and services. And one more important number - population below poverty line: NA%.