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DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know from 1784 –1789 St. Lucia was privileged to have a very competent, energetic and judicious man as Governor in the person of Baron de Laborie?

Restoration of order amongst the Maroon Negroes, construction of roads, development of agriculture, expansion of trade, improvement of the administration and upgrading and upgrading of public utilities, all received his careful and expert attention.

Did you know from the end of 1794 to sometime in 1797, St. Lucia went through a “Reign of Terror? Massacres, lootings and arson seem to have been the general order of the day.

Source: Outlines of St. Lucia History by Rev. Fr. Charles – 1995
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Did you know after the 1948 fire in Castries, the War Department housed an Alcee family in Block 6 at Vigie, an ex-army barracks? Soon enough Mr. Alcee had to find another place to house his family because Block 6 had to be demolished. The aviation authorities relentlessly complained that Block 6 was an obstruction for incoming flights and a pending disaster. After much searching, Mr. Alcee found the Naval Dock Yard at Vigie. The Dock Yard was first established by Admiral Rodney and was the site of the Carenage town from 1744 but abandoned in 1905. Mr. Alcee purchased the property from the War Department, re-named it Lunar Park and made certain structural changes to accommodate the family.

Source: Pioneers & Forerunners St. Lucia’s First Ladies by Margot Thomas – 2012
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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]

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  1. Are you serious? Privileged? Restoration of order among the maroon negroes? To the person who wrote this... are you a descendant of those negroes who enjoyed being enslaved? Typical Uncle Tom. Unless you are white... which would explain a lot.

    Goodness. How sickening.

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  2. Did you know that the maroons did not ask or volunteer to be in Saint Lucia. Laborie was a Frenchman. He was only fixing the sins of his fathers.

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