228. PASSAGES. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Kingstown. Port towns are always interesting due to their naturally occurring cosmopolitanism and commerce. Kingstown was established in its modern form by Frenchmen in 1722, but had 196 years of British Empire rule. The Botanical Garden is one of the oldest in the Western Hemisphere (1765), but you will pay to see it in the tropical humidity and heat because it is a climb. Everything is a climb here–the shoreline is flat for a hundred feet and then its uphill.