Did you know Crown Lands refer to lands in St. Lucia formerly reserved to the British Crown and they consist mainly of forest reserves?
According to the St. Lucia Handbook of 1924, the Crown Lands of the island then consisted of “about one quarter of the total area of the island, or about 38,000 acres.” They lay “within an irregular eclipse, at an average distance of three miles from the coast.”
The acreage must have diminished somewhat since 1924 through sales.
A district in the neighborhood of Bexon is specifically called “Crown Lands”, although it would seem to have been in the possession of the Cul de Sac Sugar factory for many years .
Sometimes “Crown Lands” is used synonymously for Bexon.
Source: St. Lucia: The Romance of its Place Names by Rev. Fr. Charles Jesse – 1966
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