February Through the Years
1477- Christopher Columbus visits England, but fails to obtain the financial support needed for his venture in quest for a new route to the Indies.
1655- England imports less than 88 tons of sugar, a figure that will grow to 10,000 tons by the end of the century as tea consumption, encouraged by cheap sugar, increases in popularity.
1800- Selective breeding experiments begin to increase the sugar content of sugar beets, currently at six percent.
1974- Grenada gains its independence from Britain.
1979- St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines gain their independence from Britain.