Did you know on February 23, 1956, the document setting up the West Indies Federation, of which St. Lucia had decided to be a part, was signed in London?
The Order-in-Council establishing the Federation was signed by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II on August 02nd that same year. A public rally was held at Victoria Park in Castries and public functions were held throughout the island to celebrate the event.
Source: Outlines of St. Lucia’s History by Rev. Fr. Charles Jesse – 1994
Did you know the federation had been sought by the more altruistic and far-sighted politician of the British West Indies in the 1920s? It was supported by the great mass of West Indian people and approved by virtually every West Indian intellectual.
The federation was destroyed by the inept leadership of men who, though of great competence and character, lacked the true understanding of the political techniques needed to make it viable. Because of internal disagreements, mostly between Trinidad and Jamaica, the federation collapsed towards the end of 1961 and was dissolved the following year.
Source: Caribbean Companion – The A-Z Reference by Brian Hyde – 1992
This feature runs every Tuesday and Thursday. It is compiled by daughter of the soil Anselma Aimable, a former agricultural officer and former correspondent for Caribbean Net News, who has a deep interest in local culture and history. Send ideas and tips to [email protected]