Did you know from November 1829 to January 1834, no less than four Governors died at the Pavilion/Government House in the persons of Major-General Stewart, Major-general Mackie, Colonel Mallet and Major-General Farquharson?
Since General Farquharson died in January 1834, there has been no mortality and not even the slightest sickness has made its appearance.
Did you know in 1838, under the authority of Captain Tulloch, a Statistical Report was presented to both Houses of Parliament? This report contained some interesting information on the sickness and mortality of the troops in the Wes Indies between 1817 and 1836.
St. Lucia was included among the unhealthiest islands, in particular to the white troops. The diseases by which its climate is stated to be characterized were fevers, problems of the stomach and bowels.
However, it must be noted that the climate had no marked influence on the black troops.
Source: St. Lucia: Historical, Statistical and Descriptive by Henry Hegart Breen – 1844
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