Saint Lucian History Before You Travel There
Ever wondered how Saint Lucia became populated? Why the island has such a diverse culture? The Arawak Indians first inhabited Saint Lucia before Carib Warriors overtook the island. By 800 AD, Carib Warriors ruled. It was not until 1499, when a navigator, as part of Columbus’ party, discovered the island. For 150 years, Anglo-French ownership ruled. By 1979, the island of St. Lucia finally gained freedom, ceding from the British and becoming an independent nation. With such history, it is no wonder, the primary language is English, but Kweyol or Creole is the second language, a mixture of broken French.
Visitors will find the island on the windward side of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles. Its natural beauty and attractions continue to entice visitors. It is a unique island made of black volcanic and white sandy beaches, complete with a verdant mountain landscape.
Castries is the capital, and it has survived several natural disasters, including fires, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Don’t worry, as long as you don’t visit during hurricane season, things are fine.
Unfortunately, some of the colonial charms of the city has been lost to these natural issues.
The capital is home to over 60,000 people and most of the island’s accommodation and food. Hotels like the Landings Resort and Spa, a sanctuary nestled in the Rodney Bay harbor area, is just one option. It is also on the most spectacular beach visitors love to see when on the island.
Going about an hour and a half from the Castries, you can find Morne Fortune Hill, which offers magnificent views of the city. Also consider a visit to the Caribelle Batik Mansion, a Victorian home, reputed to be haunted. It is worth a look just for the architecture.
South of the Castries is Marigot Bay, another beautiful area and one with film history.