It seemed to be a particularly interesting name, the meaning being “Hut down below”. In reality ‘case’ is a pure relic of early French colonial days. Pѐre du Tertre, writing around 1666, calls the dwellings of the poorer colonists of the French Antilles, huts of the Caribs and the Negroes.
‘Case’ is of Latin origin; the Latin word casa means primarily a hut, a cottage, a cabin. The word case has persisted in St. Lucia to this day but perhaps most people would rather use the word ‘caye’ instead.
Did you know the district east of Morne Fortuné known today as Derriѐre Fort (Behind the Fort) is thought to take its name from its position to the rear of the former Morne Fortuné fortress? However, there may have been another fort in that direction, in 1795-1796 one Citoyen Goyrand fortified the whole range of mornes from Gros Islet to Grand Cul de Sac.
Source: St.Lucia: The Romance of its Place Names by Rev. Fr. Charles Jesse – 1966
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