DID YOU KNOW: Sulphur-mining operations in St. Lucia in the 1800s

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DID YOU KNOW: Sulphur-mining operations in St. Lucia in the 1800s

Did you know that in 1836 sulphur-mining operations commenced in Soufriere by Antiguan business associates Bennett and Wood?

In that year, 540 tons of sulphur was exported, 60 tons in 1838 and 160 tons in 1840.  However, according to mayor and historian Henry Hegart Breen, this new industry met its demise when a tax of 16 shillings was imposed on each ton of purified sulphur exported.

Did you know that on November 23, 1882 an Agricultural Society was started in St. Lucia and the first agricultural exhibition was held on November 23, 1883?

Did you know that St. Lucia was granted a new Charter of Justice on June 20, 1821?  It comprised the Institution of the Royal Court, a Petty Debt Court and a Court of Police.

SOURCE:  Outlines of St. Lucia’s History by Rev. Fr. Charles Jesse F.M.I., M.B.E. – 1994.

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  1. Please keep the information coming. There is so much that we do not know about our own history. It is generally not taught in the schools we attend. Thank you for the information you are providing to us.

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  2. So why dont we start digging again there are so many product that can be manufactured from the sulpur this can put lucians to work realy. pls keep talking about it maybe something good will come up again. hope for the best.

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  3. Interesting. I have bought sulphur soap on the island. Does anyone know if there is a factory that produces it? Is it imported? Thanks.

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