Saint Lu­cia-Quick Facts

The Star (St. Lucia) - - 36TH INDEPENDENCE -

Cap­i­tal: Cas­tries • St. Lu­cia was known as the Is­land of the Igua­nas by the Amerindian Arawak and Carib peo­ple who are known to have been among the ear­li­est set­tlers here. • At 950 m (3,117ft), Mount Gimie is the high­est point on this is­land na­tion of St. Lu­cia. • 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. • Around the year 1600, the Dutch were the first to build Vieux Fort (or the old fort). • In 1746, the town of Soufriere was built, un­der French ad­min­is­tra­tion. • In 1814, St Lu­cia was sur­ren­dered to the United King­dom, and came un­der Bri­tish rule. • On 1st March, 1967, the is­land na­tion of St Lu­cia be­came self-gov­ern­ing in in­ter­nal af­fairs. • "The Land, The Peo­ple, The Light" was coined as the na­tional motto of St. Lu­cia when it ob­tained to­tal in­de­pen­dence from Eng­land on 22nd Fe­bru­ary, 1979. • “Sons and Daugh­ters of Saint Lu­cia” is the na­tional an­them of St Lu­cia. Penned by Charles Jesse, it has been set to mu­sic by Le­ton Felix Thomas. • Saint Lu­cia con­tin­ues to be a cur­rent mem­ber of the Com­mon­wealth of Na­tions. • Sir Arthur Lewis, who was awarded the No­bel Prize for Eco­nomic Sciences in 1979, was born in St Lu­cia in 1915. • Derek Wal­cott, who was awarded the No­bel Prize for Lit­er­a­ture in 1992, was born in Cas­tries in 1930. • The Pitons - Gros Pi­ton and Pe­tit Pi­ton - are twin vol­canic peaks that rise from the sea. Th­ese mar­velous vol­canic * mon­u­ments have con­trib­uted in a big way to mak­ing Saint Lu­cia very fa­mous. • In 2004, the Pitons Man­age­ment Area con­tain­ing much of a col­lapsed stra­to­vol­cano known as the Soufriere Vol­canic Cen­tre, be­came a World Her­itage Site. • Pop­u­la­tion: 172,000 (UN 2009) • Land Mass: 238 square miles (616 square kilo­me­tres) • Cur­rency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD) • Lan­guage(s): English, Cre­ole • Leader of coun­try:Prime Min­is­ter: Kenny An­thony • par­lia­men­tary democ­racy and a Com­mon­wealth realm • Life ex­pectancy: 78 years (men), 82 years (women) lll • Ad­min­is­tra­tive Dis­tricts: 10 dis­tricts; Anse-la-Raye, Ca­naries, Cas­tries, Choiseul, Den­nery, Gros-Islet, La­borie, Mi­coud, Soufriere, Vieux-Fort • In­de­pen­dence: 22 Fe­bru­ary 1979 (from the UK) • Econ­omy: Tourism, In­dus­try, Man­u­fac­tur­ing, Agri­cul­ture- Ba­nanas, co­conuts, veg­eta­bles, cit­rus • Ex­ports: Ba­nanas, ca­cao, veg­eta­bles • Con­sti­tu­tion: pre­vi­ous 1958, 1960 (prein­de­pen­dence); lat­est pre­sented 20 De­cem­ber 1978, ef­fec­tive 22 Fe­bru­ary 1979; note - a con­sti­tu­tional re­form re­port was sub­mit­ted to the St. Lu­cian Par­lia­ment in April 2013 (2013) • Legal Sys­tem: English com­mon law • Age of Con­sent: 16 • Vot­ing Age: 18 • In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion Par­tic­i­pa­tion: ACP, AO­SIS, C, Caricom, CD, CDB, CELAC, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, ISO, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), MIGA, NAM, OAS, OECS, OIF, OPANAL, OPCW, Petrocaribe, UN, UNC­TAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO. • Na­tional Sym­bols: The Na­tional Bird; Saint Lu­cian Par­rot-Ama­zona Ver­si­color. Na­tional Plant-The Bamboo. Na­tional Tree-The Cal­abash.

No­bel Lau­re­atte Derek Wal­cott.

Dun­stan St. Omer: Designer of

Na­tional Flag

Saint Lu­cia's mod­ern econ­omy was built by

ba­nana farm­ers.

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