While today St Lucia is an island paradise dotted with resorts and luxurious Caribbean rental villas, the island actually has a long and interesting history. Thanks to archaeological artifacts, historians have been able to determine that the island was first settled somewhere between 1000BC and 500 BC. The original settlers of the island, the Arawaks, were defeated by the Caribs somewhere around 800 AD, and the Caribs began the first permanent settlements on St Lucia.
While the island was bypassed by Columbus, it was twice forced to fight off British forces during the 1600's. A century later, the French tried to take claim of the island by creating the very first European settlement on its soil. This settlement is known as Soufriere and is still one of the most active and historic sites on the island. Control of the island passed between the British and French many times during the 1700's and 1800's, until the 1814 Treaty of Paris was finally drafted. English did not replace French as the official language of the country until nearly thirty years later, and the island did not become independent until 1979.
The history of St. Lucia is one of warfare and patriotism, and it is something that many of the locals know a great deal about. If you are looking to learn more about the history of the island while visiting your St Lucia vacation rental, book a historic tour of Soufriere and other important sites with Real St Lucia Tours. Not only will you be able to see some of the island's most unique historic sites, but you will be able to do so alongside a local guide who will be happy to share history, stories, and unique landmarks along the way.