DID YOU KNOW?

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DID YOU KNOW?


Did you know in 1844, the only towns with considerable permanent populations were Castries and Soufriere?

Soufriѐre had formally been established in 1746 by the French as an agricultural settlement and a military outpost. A town plan was laid out on flat land south of the Soufriѐre River, facing the bay, and then a grid of four by three blocks which was built along the waterfront created relatively narrow streets and small house lots.

Many of the houses in the town were two stories high, with overhanging balconies which cast shade onto the narrow streets while at the same time protecting pedestrians from showers of rain. The elaborate fretwork and diverse roof styles of some of the houses continue to provide Soufriѐre with a distinctive picturesque quality up to this day.

A century later, Soufriѐre contained 220 houses and had a population of 1500 people and overtime the town expanded eastwards. The Catholic Church, which was built on the east side of the square and had its steeple of cut stone, erected at the expense of the labourers of the district, was thrown down by the earthquake of January 11, 1839.

In 1846, a hospital and an Anglican Church were built on a hill just south of the original grid. The town continued to grow, maintaining its tradition of wooden fretwork and narrow streets until 1959, when a fire destroyed half of it.

The area north of the square was eventually rebuilt with concrete buildings. However, Soufriѐre continues to present its quaintly historical architectural feature.

Source: A History of St. Lucia by Harmsen, Ellis & Devaux – 2012
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Did you know Stanley Phillip excelled in football and he became the firsts Sportsman of the Year in 1968?

Did you know Joyce Auguste excelled in netball and was the first Sportswoman of the Year in 1969?

Source: Outstanding Sports Personalities of St. Lucia by Rupert J. Branford – 2000
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Source: A History of St. Lucia by Harmsen. Ellis & Devaux – 2012

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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