Islands in the Lesser Antilles. St. Lucia's capital is Castries. It
hands between England and France 14 times. One of the Windward
(SFEC, 2/14/99, p.T8)(SFC, 3/22/99, p.A8)(NH,
Mar 1, St. Lucia became a West Indies associated
state with John Compton as Premier. It gained full independence on
Feb 22, 1979.
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
(PCh, 1992, p.1072)(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)(SFC,
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
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.
2006 Mar 7, St. Lucia expected
to open an aerial tramway across 1,200 acres of northern rain forest
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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