Facts and History

Saint Lucia is one of the Windward Islands and a real pearl set in the Caribbean Sea. Situated between Martinique and St. Vincent, and to the northwest of Barbados, Saint Lucia is the perfect tropical destination whether you’re after romance, rejuvenation, a family adventure, or looking to develop commerce enterprise or to source quality Caribbean products.

Offering a truly stunning natural landscape, Saint Lucia includes gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoilt rainforest and the majestic Pitons. Natural waterfalls, breathtaking views, friendly locals and an authentic and vibrant culture impress the most travelled individuals, and paints a fantastic backdrop for the growing number of international businesses based on the island.

The wealth of natural resources available have helped Saint Lucia to become a thriving commercial centre that manufactures products of distinction, which are marketed both locally and increasingly to international markets, where they are gaining global recognition and fostering a loyal customer bases.

Named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French, the island’s first European settlers, who signed a treaty with the native Carib Indians in 1660. Over the subsequent decades, rulership changed between Britain and France until the British took definitive control of the island in 1814. Representative government came about in 1840 (with universal suffrage from 1953). From 1958 to 1962, the island was a member of the Federation of the West Indies, and on 22 February 1979, Saint Lucia became an independent state of the Commonwealth of Nations and now celebrates its independence every year with a public holiday.

Saint Lucia comprises an area of 617 Square Kilometres, which is split into 11 parishes with a total population of about 174,000. Tourism has played a major part in its recent development, but the island also boasts thriving agricultural, commercial and cultural sectors, which are rapidly expanding and playing an increased role in the growth and development of the Saint Lucian economy.

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