History of Saint Lucia

It is believed that the Arawak Indians were the first settler on the Island from around 200 A.D. followed by the the Caribs. These early Amerindian called the island "Hewanorra," meaning "Island of the Iguanas." before 800 A.D.

European presence and settlement is indicated by1550. A certain Le Clerc “Jambe de Bois” or Wooden Leg setup his base on Pigeon Island. The Dutch will also establishing base in Vieux Fort. The French will establish the settlement before everyone beginning with Soufriere in 1746. It is believed that the 1st English ship on it way to Guyana was blown off course and landed on the island but their settlement fail at several occasion due to the hostility of the caribs at first but latter multiple English attempt to led to and Anglo-French rivalry for the island that lasted over 150 years. All the first settlements and towns were French. After multiple battle the Island will become English By 1814.

The multi cultural society and stable democracy that St. Lucia is today evolve from there. The Island had remained under the British crown until independent 1979 within the British Commonwealth. The French cultural influence is still evident in its Creole dialect.