St. Lucia Flag
History of the Saint Lucia Flag
The Saint Lucia Flag features a light blue field with a yellow triangle in front of a black triangle with a white border in the middle. The blue color represents the sky and the sea, particularly the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the black and white colors represent the harmonious and calm relationship between the black and the white races, and the yellow color represents the sunshine and hope and prosperity. The triangles represent the Pitons which are the twin volcanic peaks, known as Gros Piton and Petit Piton. The Saint Lucia flag was adopted on March 1st, 1967, twelve years before it became an independent country and was designed by Dunstans Omer, who was an artist from St. Lucia.
Saint Lucia is an island country that is located in the Caribbean Sea. It is one of the Windward Islands (the second largest) and it is part of the Lesser Antilles islands. The capital and largest city is called Castries. The island of St. Lucia was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse, and is the first country in the world to be named after a woman. It is thought that French shipwrecked sailors named the island after being shipwrecked on December 13th, the Saint's Feast days and it was the French that were the first Europeans to ever colonize the island.
In 1660, the French took control of the country following a treaty that was signed with the Carib Indians. In 1664, Thomas Warner claimed St. Lucia for England and he brought one thousand men with him to try and protect it from the French. In 1666, The French West India Company gained control and by 1667, it was made an official French colony. In 1814, the British took control after the French surrendered. From 1660 until the British took complete control in 1814, control of the country kept switching between the British and the French. Control of St. Lucia changed 14 times (each country gained control 7 times) and the country became known as "Helen of the West Indies." St. Lucia was under the control of the British until February 22nd, 1979, when it gained full independence.
St. Lucia's economy is heavily reliant on its exports and tourism. The main exports of St. Lucia are bananas, coconuts, and cacao as well as oil, gas, and petrol. Tourism is also another major contributor as it is a very popular country to visit with many beautiful and scenic sights to see, such as the Sulphur Springs, also known as the "world's only drive-in volcano" as people can drive to the edge of the springs. Another popular attractions is "Diamond Falls" which is considered to be a St.Lucia "Wonder" and is hone to the best kept and well-conceived gardens, a waterfall whose mineral deposits make the water colored and for its healing hot spring baths. The majority of tourists that do visit St.Lucia are normally cruise-ship passengers.