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Did you know the Royal Gaol was commenced in 1824 and completed in 1827, at the expense to the Colonial revenue of £5,417.00? It was well ventilated, was surrounded with a strong wall. There was a surgeon attached to the establishment who visited the prisoners every day.
Did you know the cut stone steeple of the Soufriѐre church erected at the expense of the laborers of the district was thrown down by the earthquake of January 11, 1839?
Did you know the most important fortresses on St. Lucia was Morne Fortuné (Fort Charlotte), the Tapion, the Vigie, Pigeon Island and Vieux Fort?
Source: St. Lucia: Historical, Statistical and Descriptive by Henry Hegart Breen – 1844
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]