Updated 12 June 2023
Since 1979 Saint Lucia has been a stable independent democracy within the
British Commonwealth, but after a few days on the island you'll discover influences and nuances hinting at its colourful past.
Saint Lucia was first inhabited by the peaceful Arawak Indians, but they were conquered by their old enemies, the fierce Caribs.
Columbus did not discover Saint Lucia but was the first European to land on the island in 1499. Then the British came and in 1667 the French arrived. Saint Lucia was alternately British and French owned for the next 150 years, before it was finally ceded to the British in 1814.
In spirit, the island is influenced by many cultures. Saint Lucians drive on the left and have a passion for cricket. But the Caribbean influence surfaces in the drinks - rum and locally brewed beer, in the music - calypso, soca, reggae, in the richly flavoured Creole cuisine, and in its special events and festivals including Carnival and Jounen Kwéyòl. For further details CLICK HERE !