Did you know as a military station St. Lucia was of significant importance not only from its proximity to Martinique, but from its central position among the islands, and its natural facilities of defense by land and sea?
Though inferior to Trinidad in territorial extent, St. Lucia is second to none in the number and spaciousness of its harbors and the rich fertility of its soil. There was value attached to St. Lucia by the French from the vast sacrifices, both in troops and treasure, which they never hesitated to make for its capture or defense.
“Had France not been deceived it was her objective was to make St. Lucia the capital of the Antilles, the general market of the Windward Islands and the Gibraltar of the Gulf of Mexico.”
Source: St. Lucia: Historical, Statistical, and Descriptive by Henry Hegart Breen – 1844
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