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St. Lucia

The island, with its fine natural harbor at Castries, was contested between England and France throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries (changing possession 14 times); it was finally ceded to the UK in 1814. Even after the abolition of slavery on its plantations in 1834, Saint Lucia remained an agricultural island, dedicated to producing tropical commodity crops. Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 170,649

Nationality (Noun): Saint Lucian(s)

Nationality (Adjective): Saint Lucian

Official Language(s): English

Major Languages Spoken: English

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Country Facts

Country Name (long form): none

Country Name (short form): Saint Lucia

Country Name (local long form): none

Country Name (local short form): none

Name of Capital: Castries

UTC Time Difference (from capital): UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Countries Near by, and Bordering St. Lucia: Martinique, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Barbados

Land Area: 606 sq km

Water Area: 10 sq km

Comparative Area: 3.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline: 158km

National Holiday: Independence Day, 22 February (1979)

International Phone Code: -757

Currency Code: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)

Internet Country Code: .lc

US Embassy Location: none; the US Ambassador to Barbados is accredited to Saint Lucia

US Embassy Mailing Address: none

 

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