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The island, with its fine natural harbor at Castries, was contested between England and France throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries (changing possession 14 times); it was finally ceded to the UK in 1814. Even after the abolition of slavery on its plantations in 1834, Saint Lucia remained an agricultural island, dedicated to producing tropical commodity crops. Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979.


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Government

Country name
Conventional long form None
Conventional short form Saint Lucia

Government type
Parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm

Capital
Name Castries
Geographic coordinates 14 00 N, 61 00 W
Time difference
UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Administrative divisions
11 quarters; Anse-la-Raye, Castries, Choiseul, Dauphin, Dennery, Gros-Islet, Laborie, Micoud, Praslin, Soufriere, Vieux-Fort

Independence
22 February 1979 (from the UK)

Constitution
22 February 1979

Legal system
English common law

International law organization participation
Has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; accepts ICCt jurisdiction

Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Executive branch
Chief of state
Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General Dame Pearlette LOUISY (since September 1997)
Head of government
Prime Minister Kenny Davis ANTHONY (since 30 November 2011)
Cabinet
Cabinet appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister
Elections
The monarchy is hereditary; the governor general appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of a majority coalition usually appointed prime minister by the governor general; deputy prime minister appointed by the governor general

Legislative branch
Bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (11 seats; six members appointed on the advice of the prime minister, three on the advice of the leader of the opposition, and two after consultation with religious, economic, and social groups) and the House of Assembly (17 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
Elections
House of Assembly - last held on 28 November 2011 (next to be held in 2016)
Election results
House of Assembly - percent of vote by party - SLP 51%, UWP 47%; seats by party - SLP 11, UWP 6

Judicial branch
Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (consists of a High Court and a Court of Appeals; based on Saint Lucia; three judges of the Supreme Court reside in Saint Lucia); member of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)

Political parties and leaders
National Alliance or NA [George ODLUM]; Saint Lucia Freedom Party or SFP [Martinus FRANCOIS]; Saint Lucia Labor Party or SLP [Kenneth ANTHONY]; Sou Tout Apwe Fete Fini or STAFF [Christopher HUNTE]; United Workers Party or UWP [Stephenson KING]

Political pressure groups and leaders
NA

International organization participation
ACP, AOSIS, C, Caricom, CDB, CELAC, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, ISO, ITU, ITUC, MIGA, NAM, OAS, OECS, OIF, OPANAL, OPCW, Petrocaribe, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO

Diplomatic representation in the us
Chief of mission Ambassador Michael LOUIS
Chancery
3216 New Mexico Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016
Telephone
[1] (202) 364-6792 through 6795
FAX [1] (202) 364-6723
Consulate(s) general Miami, New York

Diplomatic representation from the us
The US does not have an embassy in Saint Lucia; the US Ambassador to Barbados is accredited to Saint Lucia

Flag description
Blue, with a gold isosceles triangle below a black arrowhead; the upper edges of the arrowhead have a white border; the blue color represents the sky and sea, gold stands for sunshine and prosperity, and white and black the racial composition of the island (with the latter being dominant); the two major triangles invoke the twin Pitons (Gros Piton and Petit Piton), cone-shaped volcanic plugs that are a symbol of the island

National symbol(s)
Twin pitons (volcanic peaks); Saint Lucia parrot

National anthem
Name
"Sons and Daughters of St. Lucia"
Lyrics/music
Charles JESSE/Leton Felix THOMAS
Note Adopted 1967


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  Saint Lucia (Castries):


  GPS points from Saint Lucia (Castries)

Incommode Quarter Of Castries

Dugard Quarter Of Micoud

Gallette Bay Quarter Of Vieux-fort

Bon Air Quarter Of Gros-islet

Floissac Quarter Of Castries

Mathurin Point Quarter Of Vieux-fort

Trou Gacon Quarter Of Gros-islet

Thoumasse Quarter Of Micoud




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