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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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Military

Military branches
No regular military forces; Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (includes Special Service Unit and Coast Guard) (2010)

Military service age and obligation
18 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2012)

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 41,414 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 32,688
Females age 16-49 36,289 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 1,574
Female 1,502 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures
NA


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  Saint Lucia (Castries):


  GPS points from Saint Lucia (Castries)

Debreuil Quarter Of Laborie

Marigot Harbor Quarter Of Castries

Mamin Quarter Of Soufriere

Union River Quarter Of Gros-islet

Epouge Bay Quarter Of Gros-islet

Morne Regnier Quarter Of Anse-la-raye

Tapion Rock Quarter Of Castries

Troumasse Quarter Of Micoud




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