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Did you know, according to Henry Hegart Breen, the inhabitants of Barbados formed the design of taking possession of St. Lucia? However, their plan soon came to the knowledge of the French authorities in Martinique.
The latter informed the English government in Barbados of the title deeds of the Heirs du Parquet, and gave orders to put St. Lucians in a state of defense. Among other things line of defenses was constructed along the Choc Bay. For a time these defense measures impeded the Barbadian project, but it did not deter them from making another attempt to capture this coveted island.
Ignoring the French claim to St. Lucia in virtue of length of occupation, they claimed it for England in virtue of priority of settlement. Actually, in 1663 a “sale” of St. Lucia to the Barbadians by a group of Caribs was negotiated in Barbados.
Then in 1664, over one thousand Barbadians, together with six hundred Caribs under the leadership of Sir Thomas Warner’s son, invaded St. Lucia. Landing without meeting any resistance, they surrounded the fort and summoned Bonnard, the Governor to surrender. Governor Bonnard surrendered without hesitation.
The English were once again in possession of St. Lucia, they tried to settle but was not successful. Sickness, invasions by the Caribs and other causes had reduced the Barbadians to eight-nine. On January 16, 1666, they evacuated the island.
Immediately, the French returned, but were quickly driven out by Lord Francis Willoughby, Governor of Barbados. The following year the Peace of Breda attributed St. Lucia to France, and the Company that was put in charge of the French Antilles by the King of France took it over.
However, in 1672, the English Crown appointed Lord William Willoughby, Governor of St. Lucia as well as of Barbados, St. Vincent and Dominica.
Source: Outlines of St. Lucia’s History by Rev. Fr. Charles Jesse – 1994