1885-1962: Grenada controlled by British.

1967: Grenada partly autonomous. Foreign and defence affairs still under British control.

1974: Grenada independent. Post-independence period plagued by corruption, extremism and political thuggery.

1979: Coup brings Maurice Bishop to power, who proceeds to strengthen ties with Cuba and US.

US works to destabilise government.

1983: Bishop ousted and executed.

US invades. British government privately furious, but publicly backs intervention.

1984: New US supported government runs brutal regime.

1991: Coalition government.

2000: Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

2001: Government begins review of offshore banking.

2004: 90% of island devastated by hurricane.