A Guide to the United States’ History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Grenada


Grenada gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1974 and the United States recognized it that same year. The United States maintained diplomatic relations with Grenada through the 1983 joint American and Organization of Eastern Caribbean States military invasion of the island nation following the assassination of Grenada’s Prime Minister Maurice Bishop.

Modern Flag of Grenada


U.S. Recognition of Grenadian Independence, 1974.

The United States recognized Grenada on February 7, 1974, on the occasion of Grenada attaining independence from the United Kingdom.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, 1974.

Diplomatic relations were established on November 29, 1974, when Grenadian Ambassador Marie J. McIntyre presented her credentials to President Gerald R. Ford.

Establishment of American Diplomatic Mission to Grenada, 1975.

An American diplomatic mission to Grenada was established on February 25, 1975, when Ambassador Theodore R. Britton presented his in St. George’s, Grenada. He also was Ambassador to Barbados, and was resident at Bridgetown.

Establishment of the American Embassy in Grenada, 1984.

The American Embassy in St. George’s was established on February 2, 1984, with Charles A. Gillespie as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim. The American Ambassador to Grenada is resident in Bridgetown, Barbados and the Embassy in Grenada is staffed by a Chargé d’Affaires who reports to the Ambassador in Bridgetown.


  • CIA World Factbook: Grenada
  • Department of State Country Fact Sheet: Grenada
  • Department of State Country Information: Grenada