As with many tales of colonization along the Americas, the occupation of Grenada by the French led to many tragic events, resulting in local inhabitants suffering and dying for their freedom. In the case of the native Grenadian Caribs, this was no different.
After subduing the peaceful Arawak population, the Carib Indians claimed Grenada as their own and aggressively defended it from settlement by the Europeans. French colonizers were eventually successful in breaching the island but the Carib population was determined not to submit to French rule. After losing a succession of battles, the last surviving Caribs leapt to their death.
Leapers’ Hill, or Morne de Sauters, is a monument celebrating the courage of the Caribs and their story. The Sauteurs cemetery is also located there.