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Saint Lucia is a small island country in the eastern Caribbean. It has fewer than 200,000 inhabitants, many of them descendents of slaves brought by the British to work in sugar plantations in the 19th century. The French were the first European colonizers; they made a pact with the native Carib people in 1660 and soon thereafter began to cultivate sugarcane for export. For the next 150 years, the control of the island changed hands between the French and British until the war of 1814, when the island became firmly a part of the British Empire. It remained in the empire until Saint Lucia's independence in 1979. It is still part of the British Commonwealth.

The native Carib people died off, largely due to their ...

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