Every Friday is Seafood Friday in the small, quiet fishing village of Anse La Raye. The village turns festive as local fishermen and their families grill and fry many different kinds of freshly caught seafood along the main street by the waterfront. Among the items available are lobster, dorado (mahi mahi), tuna, potfish, and conch. Fried bakes are also favorites. Naturally, there is also a lot to drink. Tables and chairs are placed in the middle of the street, and popular music provided. The street party of Seafood Friday gets going early in the evening and continues into early morning.
A FOUNTAIN AND A GARDEN
The Toraille Waterfall tumbles into St. Lucia's Botanical Garden, the two combining to form a place of special beauty. The waterfall starts 50 feet up a hillside near Soufriere and cascades down into a pool surrounded by beautiful flowers and plants.
GOVERNOR GENERAL LOUISY
Her Excellency Calliopa Pearlette Louisy was appointed Governor-
The author of several major papers and publications on education and its implications for small island states, she received, 1n 1999 an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Bristol and was named Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (GCMG). She speaks English, French and Creole.
Generally regarded as one of the loveliest bays in St. Lucia. It is nicely secluded. The British Admiral, Barrington is said to have hidden his fleet here so effectively that the French under D'Estaing, who were in hot pursuit, sailed by without noticing a thing. Barrington had had coconut palm fronds tied in the rigging in order to disguise the masts.
Marigot Bay was used as a location in the filming of Dr. Dolittle with Rex Harrison.
Soufriere, in St. Lucia's southwest, is one of the oldest settlements and was the French captial. In 1713 Louis XIV of France granted the land around Soufriere to the Devaux family. The estate produced cotton, tobacco, coffee and cocao. During the Revolution the guillotine was raised in the square by the rebelling slaves called the Brigands. However, the Devaux family were protected by loyal slaves and were able to escape.
Soufriere was the setting for Michael Caine's film, "Water."
HILL OF GOOD LUCK
Morne Fortune, the Hill of Good Luck, looms above Castries, the capital of St. Lucia. Some of the fiercest battles between the French and the British took place here in the 18th century. Where was the "Good Luck"? No one seems to know.
FRANCOIS DE CLERC
The notorious French pirate, Francois de Clerc (better known to the Spaniards as Pie de Palo because of his wooden leg). From Pigeon Point on St. Lucia, he ventured out to sack Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico and Cuba. He used one of the caves on St. Lucia to store his booty.
Many regard these two volcanic plugs (hills) rising dramatically out of the sea to a height of 2400 feet as one of the most striking views in all of the Caribbean. The Pitons have been called St. Lucia's "twin towers" and have long been regarded as the symbol of the island. They are represented on St. Lucia's flag by two triangular shapes.
Sir Derek Walcott was born in St. Lucia in 1930. He has published many collections of poems, an autobiography in verse (Another Life), critical works, and plays such as Dream on Monkey Mountain. Walcott uses English poetic traditions to expose the historical and cultural facets of the Caribbean. His narrative poem, Omeros, contributed to his winning of the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 1997 he published The Bounty, his first collection of poems since winning the Nobel Prize, full of sadness at the loss of friends but rejoicing in homecoming and his island.
Walcott is also a prolific painter. Painting was his first love.
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Sir William Arthur Lewis was born in Castries, St. Lucia on Jan. 23, 1915.
He won a government scholarship and attended the London School of Economics. He graduated in 1937 and went on to receive a Ph.D. in economics there in 1940.
Lewis was a lecturer at the school from 1938 to 1947, professor of economics at the University of Manchester from 1947 to 1958, principal of University College of the West Indies in 1959-
He served as adviser on economic development to many international commissions and to several African, Asian, and Caribbean governments. He helped establish the Caribbean Development Bank and headed it from 1970 to 1973. Lewis was knighted in 1963.
In 1979, Arthur Lewis won the Nobel Prize for Economics for his pioneering research on economic development in emerging countries. The prize was shared with the American economist, Theodore W. Schultz.
His books include The Principles of Economic Planning (1949), The Theory of Economic Growth (1955), Development Planning (1966), Tropical Development 1880-
Sir Arthur died on June 15, 1991 at his home in Bridgetown, Barbados. His funeral was held in St Lucia.
Dunstan St. Omer, for many years regarded as St. Lucia’s leading artist. Among his numerous works, are murals, some of which are on display in many churches in St Lucia, and portraits of famous St. Lucians.
St. Omer has a secure place in the history of St Lucia as designer of his country's national flag. St. Omer worked in the Ministry of Education as an art instructor for over 30 years, and embraced the opportunity to inspire generations of young St. Lucian artists.
In 2004, he was a recipient of the St. Lucia Cross, the nation’s highest award.