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Saint Lucia History and Culture

The first inhabitants of St. Lucia were Arawak Indians, and later Caribs, who did not appreciate the British invasion of their island in the early 17th century; for some time they managed to successfully fend off colonization. In 1650 the French overcame the resistance and settled, completing a treaty with the Caribs in 1660.
Over the next 164 years, the island exchanged hands 14 times between the French and British in an almost comical seesaw play of power. It was not until the 1814 Treaty of Paris that the British finally secured all rights.
During this time, the Carib Indians were played as a pawn between the two powers until the British finally and unceremoniously exiled them to a still-existing reservation on Dominica.
Although the island gained control of its own government on 22 February 1979, its official head of state still remains the British throne, represented by a governor general who appoints the 11 members of St. Lucia's senate. The House of Assembly is elected by popular vote.

St.Lucia's culture has evolved from the intermingling of the many different groups of people who have participated in its history. Each has brought different beliefs and traditions, all of which are reflected in the life of the island today.




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