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Did you know NYC’s first black borough president was a Saint Lucian?

Did you know that St. Lucian Hulan Edwin Jack was noted for being the first black borough president in New York City, representing Manhattan from 1954-1961? In 1906, he immigrated to the United States at age 16 with a grammar school education and experience as a printer. A paper-box manufacturer who prodded him until he enrolled in night school gave ...

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Did you know St. Lucia, Dominica, and St. Vincent adopted a species of parrot as their national bird?

Did you know St. Lucia, Dominica, and St. Vincent has adopted a species of parrot as their national bird? The Jako (Amazona versicolor) is the St. Lucia Parrot, the Sisserou Parrot (Amazona imperialis) belongs to Dominica and Amazona guildingii is the St. Vincent Parrot. The St. Lucia and Dominica Parrot are used to support these islands’ Coat of Arms. All ...

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Did you know Annatto is the seed or extract from the achiote tree?

Did you know Annatto is the seed or extract from the achiote tree? In St. Lucia and Dominica, it is known as Roucou and the botanical name is Bixa orellana. Roucou/Annatto is a naturally intense dye which can range in color from bright yellow to deep orange. It is also known as the “poor man’s saffron” because it can be ...

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DID YOU KNOW Saint Lucian Desta Michelle Murray is the only female airworthiness inspector with ECCAA?

Did you know that Desta Michelle Murray is the only female airworthiness inspector employed with the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA)? St. Lucia News Online (SNO) had a one-to-one with the outspoken Michelle. SNO: When did you have a fascination with aircraft and who or what inspired you? Michelle: Honestly, I cannot pinpoint exactly what inspired me, I remember that ...

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DID YOU KNOW Castries had developed quickly in the 19th century?

Did you know Castries had developed quickly in the 19th century, permanently changing its natural landscape? The harbor in Castries was originally a volcanic crater, which flooded when its western wall collapsed. The Amerindians had made use of its small indented coves: fishing, hunting and gathering on the bay’s six large coral reefs and in the thick mangroves. At that ...

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Did you know that in 1929 a Child Welfare Association was formed in Castries? Did you know government scholarships to St. Mary’s College commenced in 1906? Did you know on February 16, 1906 that a severe earthquake was felt throughout St. Lucia? It was strongest in the northern section of the island and there was a considerable amount of damage. ...

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Did you know on December 26, 2004 a massive tsunami caused plenty damages and killed thousands in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka Thailand and Malaysia? The tsunami was precipitated by a 9.1 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The earthquake was the third strongest earthquake ever measured using the Richter scale in recorded history. The other two were the ...

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Did you know that in 1929 a Child Welfare Association was formed in Castries? Did you know government scholarships to St. Mary’s College commenced in 1906? Did you know on February 16, 1906 that a severe earthquake was felt throughout St. Lucia? It was strongest in the northern section of the island and there was a considerable amount of damage. ...

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Do you know the creole translation of these English words? Cabbage – Chouponm Avocado – Zabòca Conch – Lanbi Gooseberry – Siwèt Cinnamon Tea – Dité Kannèl Ginger -Jenjanm Dragonfly – Mawisosé Goat – Kabwit Lobster – Houma Bird – Jibyé Hummingbird – Kilibwi Horse – Chouval Dress – Wòb (Noun), Abiyé (Verb) Shirt – Chimiz Skirt – Jip Shoe ...

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Did you know despite their generous support, church authorities did not enthusiastically embrace the flower societies? The reason for that was not a lack of devotional enthusiasm, but rather an overabundance thereof. In the 1840s and 1850s la Rose and la Marguerite were so influential that everyone in society held allegiance to one group or another and the rivalry was ...

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Did you know relatively little is known about koutoumba or katumba? However, according to St. Lucian folklorist Harold Simmons “it appears to be another pure African survival performed by the Negre Guinee who claim to be descended from the Angola and the Awanda.” Another source characterized koutoumba as a ‘unique song-dance’ found in the villages of la Grace, Laborie and ...

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Did you know this plant in the photo is found only at the summit of Petit Piton is called Bernardia Laurentii? During the 1980s while exploring and conducting an island-wide floral research, Ethnobotanist, Laurent Jean Pierre discovered the plant which was named in his honor. The research was carried out to develop and establish St. Lucia’s National Herbarium which is ...

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Did you know kélé ceremonies were reportedly still performed in Aux Lyons in 1955, in Soufriѐre in 1980 and in Wézina (Babonneau) in 1957, 1973, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986? Did you know the kélé ritual was more elaborate than koutoumba and is better documented? Kélé is reminiscent of the Shango ritual found in Trinidad, the Big Drum Dance in ...

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Did you know the herb in the photo is called Agouman and it grows wild in St. Lucia? Agouman can also be found in Antigua, St. Kitts, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St. Vincent, Grenada, Barbados and some other Caribbean islands. Agouman is belongs to the family Solanum americanum and in St. Lucia it used for cooking just as spinach. In ...

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Did you know from 1756 – 1831 St. Lucia was laid waste by six hurricanes? The most devastating occurred on October 10, 1780, October 21, 1817 and August 11, 1831. The hurricane of 1780 was probably the most destructive that was ever experienced in this hemisphere. It ravaged the whole of the Lesser Antilles but its main force was felt ...

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Did you know that Desta Michelle Murray is the the only female Airworthiness Inspector employed with the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA)? St. Lucia News Onlne/SNO had a one to one with the outspoken Michelle. SNO – When did you have a fascination with aircraft and who or what inspired you? Michelle – H onestly, I cannot pinpoint exactly ...

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Did you know strikes, riots and looting characterized the second quarter 1907 in St. Lucia? The trouble began with a strike of coal-carriers in Castries on April 19 when they went to see the Governor at Government House. Three (3) days later, the striking workers rushed the wharf and prevented a ship from being coaled by the carriers who were ...

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Did you know that some of the first inhabitants of the Caribbean island were the Arawak, Carib and Taino Indians? These inhabitants mainly depended on the local produce and small animals of the land and the ocean for food. Their daily diet included fruits and vegetables like the Papaya, cassava, guavas, and yams or sweet potatoes. They also cooked meat ...

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Did you know the coaling industry presented another source of great wealth to the expatriate investors? Exploited women trudged up and down tall ladders and the color of their skin blackened by coal dust which they transported to ships docked in the Castries Harbor. Did you know in all the categories of workers on the island the agricultural and sugar ...

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Did you know the iguana; scientific name Iguana iguana iguana is St. Lucia’s largest lizard, measuring about five feet in length? It has the ability to camouflage in order to avoid being seen by the predator. Mongoose, humans and dogs are the iguana’s worst enemies. Did you know in the early twentieth century, cocoa powder and chocolate were manufactured at ...

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Did you the process of slave emancipation in Latin America and the Caribbean was protracted and tortuous, beginning in the late eighteenth century with the Haitian Revolution, an event with profound consequences for slave regimes everywhere in the New World, and finally coming to an end with the abolition of Brazilian slavery on,1888? Did you know that slavery was abolished ...

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Did you know the strikingly beautiful flamboyant tree is also called the royal poinciana and the botanical name is Delonix regia? The flamboyant is also one of several trees know as “flame Tree”. This species of flamboyant was previously placed in the genus Poinciana named for Phillippe de Longvilliers de Poincy, the governor of the French West Indies. It is ...

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Did you know when St. Lucia was brought back under French control in 1744, agricultural activities soared? Cotton and coffee plantations were established or expanded. In 1730, only 463 people lived on the island, of these 175 of them were slaves of African or Creole descent. By 1745, the population had increased to 3,455, including 2,573 slaves. The militia was ...

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Did you know in the 1940s when calypso shows began in St. Lucia the venue was the old St. Lucia Workers Building in Conway? Did you know steelband and calypso shows were held jointly every night of the week preceding the steelband and calypso competitions? Did you know the first Carnival Committee members included – Miss Euralis “Boots” Bouty, Miss ...

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Did you know during the 1830s there was no regulation for the size of bread? There was nothing to determine its weight or the quality of the flour. The consequence was that the bread sold in Castries was frequently of the worse description. Did you know in the 1830s Town Wardens were appointed annually, they did not receive a salary ...

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Did you know that in 1977, Stanley Oliver ‘Smokey’ Charles was the coach of the St. Lucia team that participated in the Under – 17 World Youth Football Tournament in Sweden? That year, St. Lucia reached the quarter finals in the Under-17 World Youth Football Tournament Smokey along with football fanatic, Patrick ‘Pataco’ Phillip reached out to members of the ...

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Did you know that the West Indian Tree Fern or Caribbean Tree Fern can be found growing on the following Caribbean Islands Greater Antilles, St. Thomas, Tortola, and Lesser Antilles in St. Lucia, Saba, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Montserrat, Martinique, St. Vincent, St. Kitts, Nevis, Grenada and Trinidad? The species can also be found in Central America in the lowlands of eastern ...

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Did you know in 1949, there was a well-organized carnival season, comprising of Queen and King Show, Bands’ competition and the Tuesday afternoon downtown parade? One of the liveliest occasions at carnival time was Mrs. Alix Walcott’s evening party at her Chaussee Road home and the group also planned a J’ouvert for the early hours of Lundi Gras. They were ...

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Did you know the Caribbean is well represented in the Marvel Studios’ superhero blockbuster hit Black Panther? Letitia Wright and Shaunette Renee Wilson of Guyana, Nabiyah Be of Jamaica, Winston Duke and Sekani Solomon of Trinidad and Tobago, Jason Elwood Hanna of the Bahamas, and Sydelle Noel of Grenada gave a outstanding account of themselves. Letitia Wright, 24, was born ...

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Did you know in January 1884, the Colonial Hospital in Castries was destroyed by fire? Did you know on July 10, 1960, St. Lucia had a bitter taste of the season’s first hurricane “Abby”? The damage done was estimated at $3,000,000. Besides the destruction to bridges, crops, livestock and private property, it was the cause of the death of six ...

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Did you know on March 01, 1967, Saint Lucia became an associated state and was responsible for its own internal affairs? Prior to becoming an associated state, St. Lucia was a Colony of Britain and its internal and external matters were governed by the British Government. The first native Governor of St. Lucia was Dr. (Later Sir) Frederick Joseph Clarke; ...

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Did you know from 1784 –1789 St. Lucia was privileged to have a very competent, energetic and judicious man as Governor in the person of Baron de Laborie? Restoration of order amongst the Maroon Negroes, construction of roads, development of agriculture, expansion of trade, improvement of the administration and upgrading and upgrading of public utilities, all received his careful and ...

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Did you know it is said when you visit Trinidad and you eat the cascadura fish, you will someday return to Trinidad? This fish is known as currito in Venezuela, tamuatá in Brazil, Kwi kwi/Kwie Kwie in Suriname, hassar in Guyana and atipa in French Guyana. Did you know the land tortoise, red-legged tortoise or morocoy was once found throughout ...

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Did you know H.M. Queen Elizabeth II first visited Saint Lucia as part of her Caribbean tour of 1966? During her visit she opened the new Winban Research Station located in the Roseau Valley on lands provided by the Geest firm. With its somewhat central position in the Caribbean area, St. Lucia seemed likely to take on more importance in ...

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Did you know that some of the first inhabitants of the Caribbean island were the Arawak, Carib and Taino Indians These inhabitants mainly depended on the local produce and small animals of the land and the ocean for food. Their daily diet included fruits and vegetables like the papaya, cassava, guavas, and yams or sweet potatoes. They also cooked meat ...

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Did you know between 1662 and 1807 Britain shipped 3.1 million Africans across the Atlantic Ocean in the Transatlantic Slave Trade? Africans were forcibly brought to British-owned colonies in the Caribbean and sold as slaves to work on plantations. Those involved in the trade were driven by the huge financial gain to be made, both in the Caribbean and at ...

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Did you know that a cotton ginnery plant arrived on St. Lucia in July 1908? Upon arrival of the ginnery, the planting of Sea Island cotton received an impetus from 1908-1910. Payments were offered by the Agricultural Society to cultivators of cotton on small holdings. Did you know the Royal Goal which was located on Bridge Street, Castries was completed ...

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Did you know the ‘Blue Land Crab’ (Cardisoma guanhumi) is hunted mainly at nights by hand or use of traps? Over the past few years, the Department of Fisheries has noticed a decline in this resource, both in the wild and on the market. This may be due to loss of habitat by land filling and other coastal development activities ...

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Did you know Victoria Hospital was completed in 1887 and was named to honour the occasion of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee? Source: Outlines of St. Lucia’s History by Rev.Fr. Charles Jesse – 1994 …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Did you know in 1893 Dennery Village was described as the most beautiful place on the seaside? (Believe it or not Dennery is still the most ...

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Did you know that when the 71st Scripps National Spelling Bee was held in Washington, D.C. on May 27-28, 1998 the champion was 12-year-old Jody-Anne Maxwell, from Kingston, Jamaica, where she attended Ardenne High School? With precise diction flavored by her lilting accent, spelled ”chiaroscurist” before a packed hall in Washington, becoming the Bee’s first foreign champion in the 71 ...

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Did you know in 1891, the British Government sent Surgeon-Major D.W.D. Comins to the West Indies to report on the welfare of the Indian immigrants? Comins had lived in India, spoke Hindustani, and was not afraid to show up at plantations unannounced, and demanded to see the wage records or lectured managers on perceived contraventions. His report was published in ...

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Did you know that Joseph Marcell is a Saint Lucian-born British actor? He is best known for his role as Geoffrey the butler on the NBC sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, from September 1990 until it ended in May 1996. Marcell was born on August 18, 1948 and migrated to the United Kingdom with his family at the age ...

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Did you know despite their generous support, church authorities did not enthusiastically embrace the flower societies? The reason for that was not a lack of devotional enthusiasm, but rather an overabundance thereof. In the 1840s and 1850s la Rose and la Marguerite were so influential that everyone in society held allegiance to one group or another and the rivalry was ...

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Did you know St. Lucia’s landmark Pitons were formed at the end of the Pliocene period? That was between 5 and 1.8 million years ago. Did you know Spanish dollars were first minted in 1497 and were commonly cut into eighths, quarters, halves and one-third pieces? They were counter-stamped with the initial of the island where they were legal tender. ...

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Did you know Castries had developed quickly in the 19th century, permanently changing its natural landscape? The harbour in Castries was originally a volcanic crater, which flooded when its western wall collapsed. The Amerindians had made use of its small indented coves: fishing, hunting and gathering on the bay’s six large coral reefs and in the thick mangroves. At that ...

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Did you know Dennery was originally known as L’Anse (Lance)Canot and Le Grand Mabouya and this district had been re-named after Count d’Ennery? From 1765 – 1767, Count d’Ennery had written many comprehensive reports about St. Lucia and had gone on to become the Governor of the Windward Islands. There were no decent ports except for a mediocre landing site ...

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Did you know in 2004, Wangari Muta Maathia was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize? Maathia was a Kenyan environmental and political activist who founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, an environmental non-governmental organization that focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women’s rights. Wangari Maathai died on September 25, 2011 of complications ...

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Did you know after the 1948 fire, Castries was rebuilt and about 1952 a park was established in front of the Government buildings? In 1967 it was named Constitution Park in commemoration of St. Lucia’s attainment of Statehood. The Beautification Committee and Commercial Banks in Castries had undertaken the responsibility of maintaining the park. Did you know according to the ...

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Did you know after the June 19-20, 1948 Castries fire central and lower Castries was zoned out for warehousing, commerce and industry and the areas for living accommodations were greatly reduced? This resulted in an increase of building activity in the immediate environs of Castries and a substantial number of people who worked in Castries resided at La Clery, Vigie, ...

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Did you know storm records for the Lesser Antilles date as far back as 1756? Between 1756 and 1831, St. Lucia experience six hurricanes. The biggest one occurred on October 10, 1780 and killed an estimated 22,000 people in Barbados, St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Martinique combined. On October 21, 1817, another devastating storm arrived on the shores of St. ...

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Did you know Sir William Arthur Lewis entered the field of economics when blacks were normally barred from that academic profession? Lewis broke one barrier after another because of his brilliance. He was the first black professor in Britain’s university system, and later the first one at Princeton University in the United States. The Nobel Prize he received in 1979 ...

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Did you know that Trinidad-born calypsonian Kentrick Patrick was born on August 21, 1940? Lord Creator, as he is more popularly known, moved to Jamaica in the late 1950s and his first huge hit tune ‘Evening News’ was recorded in 1959. In 1962, he recorded ‘Independent Jamaica’, which became the official song marking Jamaica’s independence from the British Empire on ...

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Did you know Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., Order of National Hero (OHN-Jamaica) was born on August 17, 1887? Garvey was a proponent of black nationalism in Jamaica and especially the United States. He was a leader of a mass movement called Pan-Africanism and he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). Garvey also founded the Black ...

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Did you know that in 1792 the breadfruit was brought from Tahiti to the Caribbean by one Captain William Bligh of the Royal Navy? Captain Bligh made the journey specially for purpose. This was his second attempt. His first attempt was in 1789, ended in the famous mutiny on the Bounty. The British government wanted to introduce the breadfruit into ...

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Did you know that in 1960, a section of the Union Agricultural and Research Station was established to be used as a nursery by the Forestry Division? The Union Nature Trail runs through that land, starting out from the nursery where the seedlings are grown and passing in a wide loop around the perimeter to eventually come back to the ...

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Did you know in 1807 The Abolition of Slave Trade Act came into force? The act made the trade in slaves from Africa to the British colonies illegal. To combat illicit transportation following this act many of the British Colonies began keeping registers of black slaves who had been so-called “lawfully enslaved”. In 1819 the Office for the Registry of ...

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Did you know in the early part of the twentieth century the Castries Town Board had offered scholarships for boys tenable at St. Mary’s College? Many of St. Lucia’s distinguished sons received a secondary school education because of the Castries Town Board Scholarship. No such opportunity was afforded to the girls and it was not quite understandable how the Board ...

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Did you know at 14 years, Earl Cenac represented St. Mary’s College at cricket and football in the 1962 Windward Islands inter-school series? That same year he was one of the youngest players to gain selection on the National Cricket Team and he emerged as one of St. Lucia’s best opening batsman. Cenac remained a regular member of the national ...

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Did you know in the mid twentieth century, Irving Rouse, Marshall McKusick, William Haag And Ripley Bullen performed archaeological research in St. Lucia? However, Harold Simmons, B. H. Easter, Father Jesse and ‘the Trouble Chasers’ rescued many Amerindian artefacts unearthed during construction work. Colonial Engineer Matthew Murphy (1905-1919) collected 262 items which ended up in the Barbados Museum and Americans ...

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Did you know coroners were first appointed for St. Lucia in 1840? Did you know that trial by jury in criminal affairs was proclaimed in 1848? Did you know in 1849, there was an insurrection of labourers in the 1st and 2nd districts and the Mutiny Act had to be read? Eight of the insurgents were shot and several estates ...

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Did you know in the 1940s when calypso shows began in St. Lucia at the old St. Lucia Workers Building in Conway, there were many followers who enjoyed the humor of the calypsonians? The calypsonians during this early period included Lord Scrubb – more popularly known for his contribution to steel pan, Might Session and Mighty Bonnet. Although Trinidad calypsoes ...

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