Happy Independence to Saint Lucia!
Saint Lucia is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. Saint Lucia gained independence from Britain in 1979
Some quick facts about the island:
1. Saint Lucia is named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse and is commonly referred to as the ‘Helen of the West’.
2. Saint Lucia’s major languages are English and French patois
3. Both France and England continuously struggled to establish sole control over St Lucia throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries. In the bargain, this island nation changed hands nearly 14 times.
4. Bananas are the biggest source of foreign exchange after tourism.
5. From 1958 to 1962, the island was a member of the Federation of the West Indies
6. Saint Lucia is considered to have the most Nobel Laureates per capita (Sir William Arthur Lewis – Economics – 1979, and Hon. Derek Alton Walcott – Literature –1992)
7. Saint Lucia is one of the few islands in the world that boasts a drive-in volcano.
8. Saint Lucia is home to the iconic Pitons - Gros Piton and Petit Piton ; twin volcanic peaks that rise from the sea.
Happy Birthday St. Lucia!
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