The land had been subdivided into large lots, resulting in quite a few inhabitants and a small number of estates. Baron de Micoud, the infamous deputy governor and the district’s best known inhabitant, had been forced to surrender St. Lucia to the English in 1778. He was married to one Marie Anne Devaux, whose white French family owned extensive property in Soufrière.
At Praslin, she was known as Madame de Micoud or in our local vernacular Mamiku, which today remains the name of the old estate. Even though cocoa, sugar cane and cotton were all produced there in 1784, Lefort de Latour thought the soil in Praslin to be of poor quality.
The rivers were small and could only power a few mills but the district’s main bay; (Le Ports des Trois Islets, named after its three islands) was deep and safe enough for small vessels.
Source: A History of St. Lucia by Harmsen, Ellis & Devaux – 2012
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