St. Lucia in the Past and in the Present

St. Lucia's past is full of differing international claims to this gorgeous island paradise

Photo credit: © Jake Perks

With friendly residents and plenty of beautiful nature, St. Lucia may appear to have had a peaceful past. However, there's more than meets the eye on this island, and the cultural combination has created something vacationers are sure to enjoy.

St. Lucia is a small volcanic mass located in the Windward Islands area of the Caribbean, with a total area of 238 square miles.  St. Lucia's coastline runs 98 miles around, and its interior is a true beauty filled with rainforests, sandy beaches, and high mountains.  Rivers run from these mountains, promoting fertile land that is perfect for agricultural pursuits.  Many types of crops, including sugarcane and bananas, have played a starring role in St. Lucia's economy throughout the years, alongside coconuts, and various other fruits and vegetables.  Though the amount fluctuates each year, agriculture typically accounts for about eight percent of St. Lucia's Gross Domestic Product.


...British and French settlers...


Since its discovery, many countries have fought over St. Lucia. The French and British fought the longest, having spent more than a century trading this island back and forth before power finally settled with the British.  Today, St. Lucia remains an independent parliamentary democratic commonwealth realm of the United Kingdom.  This means that officially, Queen Elizabeth II is their head of state, but the island is represented by a Governor General who acts on behalf of the people, the parliament, and his or her cabinet.


The culture of the island is a result of the British and French settlers, their African slaves, and two kinds of Indians: the native tribes and eastern indentured servants. This mix has brought a unique flavor to the island and continues to affect the arts, entertainment, and food of St. Kitts.


Tourists are now beginning to see the island as a perfect vacation spot.  Between 250 and 350 thousand vacationers visit the island each year.  This makes tourism the second most important industry on St. Lucia, behind bananas, and tourism is expected to pass bananas in upcoming years. 

With so much rich history and culture to explore, it's easy to see how tourism has become an important aspect of the island economy. All three work together to make St. Lucia an incredible location.


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