Robert Baxter Llewelyn
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Robert Baxter Llewelyn

Sir Robert Baxter Llewelyn (1845-1919)[1] was a colonial administrator in the British Empire.


During his time as the Governor of the Windward Isles Llewelyn oversaw the response to the 1902 eruption of La Soufriere Volcano on St. Vincent. On the morning of the climactic eruption he left the island of St. Vincent (his usual residence) for a meeting in St. Lucia, but made some observations of activity as his ship sailed past, and later returned.[8] This impacted trust in his governance around recovery and response to further explosions. He later returned £33,000 of the £77,000 raised for relief efforts as decision-making around this was slow and acrimonious.[9] The needs of the refugee populations were not met, and many were encouraged to move overseas for employment.


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  2. ^ "British Empire The Map Room Caribbean Trinidad and Tobago". Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Saint Vincent and the Grenadines". Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "St Lucia". Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "No. 27245". The London Gazette. 9 November 1900. p. 6854.
  6. ^ "British Governors Transferred" (PDF). New York Times. 23 Oct 1900. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ "Grenada". Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ Anderson, Tempest; Flett, John Smith (1902-09-01). "Preliminary report on the recent eruption of the Soufrière in St. Vincent, and of a visit to Mont Pelée, in Martinique". Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. 70 (459-466): 423-445. doi:10.1098/rspl.1902.0042. S2CID 140576046.
  9. ^ Pyle, David M.; Barclay, Jenni; Armijos, Maria Teresa (2018-05-01). "The 1902-3 eruptions of the Soufrière, St Vincent: Impacts, relief and response". Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 356: 183-199. Bibcode:2018JVGR..356..183P. doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2018.03.005. ISSN 0377-0273.

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