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Islands in the Lesser Antilles. St. Lucia's capital is Castries. It changed hands between England and France 14 times. One of the Windward Islands.
    (SFEC, 2/14/99, p.T8)(SFC, 3/22/99, p.A8)(NH, 3/05, p.64)

1967        Mar 1, St. Lucia became a West Indies associated state with John Compton as Premier. It gained full independence on Feb 22, 1979.
    (www.stlucia1979.com/page3.htm)

1974        Peter Bird and Derek King rowed 4,300 miles for 106 days east-to-west across the Atlantic from Gibraltar to the Caribbean island of Santa Lucia. The wrote of their trip in: "Small Boat Against the Sea." In 1996 he was lost at sea during an attempted crossing of the Pacific.
    (SFC, 6/6/96, C1)

1979        Feb 22, St. Lucia gained full independence from Britain and Sir John Compton became the first prime minister.
    (PCh, 1992, p.1072)(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)(SFC, 3/22/99, p.A10)

1979        Sir Arthur Lewis, an economist from St. Lucia, won the Nobel Prize in Economics.
    (Econ, 9/6/08, p.90)

1991        Jun 15, Arthur Lewis (b.1915), Saint Lucian economist, died in Barbados. According to Lewis, developing countries' industrial wages begin to rise quickly at the point when the supply of surplus labor from the countryside tapers off. The “Lewis turning point," named after him, gained wide circulation in the context of economic development in China. His work included “The Theory of Economic Growth" (1955) in which he sought to “provide an appropriate framework for studying economic development.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Lewis_%28economist%29)(Econ, 6/25/11, SR p.16)

1992        Oct 8, Derek Walcott (b.1930), West Indies born poet (Saint Lucia), was named winner of the Nobel Prize in literature.
    (AP, 10/8/97)(Econ, 3/20/10, p.94)

1997        Jun 18, It was reported that Japan was paying 5 Caribbean nations extensive aid and investment in order to gain support to block protections for endangered species. Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Dominica were all reported to have been bribed.
    (SFC, 6/18/97, p.A8)

2000        Dec 31, In St. Lucia machete wielding men stormed the Castries Cathedral, hacked at worshipers and set them ablaze. One nun was killed and 12 people injured. Two suspects identified themselves as Rastafarian foes of corruption in the Catholic Church.
    (SFC, 1/1/01, p.A12)

2004        Sep 13, In St. Lucia dozens of homes were damaged from Hurricane Ivan. The government estimates $2.5 million in damage to homes and infrastructure, plus $3.7 million in damage to the banana industry, with 30 percent of the crop destroyed.
    (AP, 9/14/04)

2006        Mar 7, St. Lucia expected to open an aerial tramway across 1,200 acres of northern rain forest and mountains.
    (SSFC, 2/19/06, p.F2)

2007        Jan 9, St. Lucian lawmakers made history in the Caribbean island when they selected two women to lead Parliament.
    (AP, 1/9/07)

2007        May 1, China lashed out at the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia for restoring diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the self-governing island that Beijing claims as Chinese territory.
    (AP, 5/1/07)

2007        Aug 17, Hurricane Dean tore through the eastern Caribbean islands of St. Lucia and Martinique, ripping roofs from buildings, downing trees and knocking out power. 100 mph winds ruined the entire banana harvest on St. Lucia and Martinique and battered the banana industry in Dominica.
    (AP, 8/17/07)(AP, 8/18/07)

2008        Jan 15, Singing schoolchildren welcomed Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian to St. Lucia for his first visit since the small Caribbean island shifted diplomatic ties to Taipei instead of rival China.
    (AP, 1/16/08)

2010        Sep 17, On the island of St. Lucia a gunman walked into PM Stephenson King’s home-district office and killed a man who was waiting to see the government leader.
    (AP, 9/18/10)

2010        Oct 30, Hurricane Tomas, the 12th of the Atlantic season, hit a cluster of Caribbean islands including St. Vincent and St. Lucia and moved toward Jamaica. 3 deaths were reported on St. Vincent.
    (SSFC, 10/31/10, p.A5)

2011        Mar 2, In St. Lucia three gay men from Atlanta were beaten and robbed after masked bandits broke into their mountain rental home in Soufriere. Police later arrested two suspects in the assault and looked for three more.
    (AP, 3/14/11)

2011        Nov 10, In St. Lucia a minibus carrying mourners from a funeral plunged off a cliff into the ocean leaving 16 people dead and one person missing.
    (AP, 11/11/11)

2011        Nov 28, St. Lucia held parliamentary elections. Kenny Anthony's St. Lucia Labor Party emerged victorious by winning nine of the 15 seats decided, while the former governing United Workers Party won six. Two seats were still undecided.
    (AP, 11/30/11)

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