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Sobre Santa Lucía

Santa Lucía

Santa Lucía

Saint Lucia is a volcanic island in the eastern Caribbean (covering an area of 617 square kilometers) which was initially discovered by French colonists, which named the island after Saint Lucy of Syracuse. The French made the first permanent European settlement there in 1643. However, the island changed hands constantly between French and British control (due to the constant wars the two conducted against each other). It was seven times each ruled by France and England, before the British crown took permanent control of Saint Lucia in 1814.

 

Saint Lucia gained independence in 1979 (becoming a member of the Commonwealth of Nations). Interestingly, it is also a member of La Francophonie. Saint Lucia’s capital is Castries (population 60,263), where about a third of the island’s population lives. Other major towns include Gros Islet, Soufrière, and Vieux Fort. With tourism being the island’s main economic activity these days (both cruise ship arrivals, as well as air travelers), the one time anything unusual occurred at Castries was when a German U-boat showed up at the capital’s harbor and sank two allied ships that were docked there during World War II.