DID YOU KNOW?

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DID YOU KNOW?

Did-You-Know-.311311Did you know the Parliament building which houses the Government Treasury and the House of Assembly was erected in 1952-53 by the Colonial Development Corporation?

Source: Historical Review of the Castries Municipality from 1785 to 1967 by Francis J. Carasco – 1967

Did you know by 1780 eleven parishes had canonically been established in St. Lucia?

Le Carénage (Castries), Anse La Raye, Soufriere and Gros Islet were Dominican parishes. Choiseul, Ilet à Caret (Laborie), Vieux Fort, Micoud, Praslin, d’Ennery and Dauphin were in the hands of the Capuchins.

After the devastating cyclone of 1780, when most of the churches and presbyteries were destroyed, and the population was decreased, the French Crown was advised to reduce the number of parishes to four (4) or six (6). This was done in 1787, but it was met with strong disapproval of the inhabitants who had not been consulted on the issue.

They petitioned the Crown and the following year the parishes were once again eleven (11). For the sake of preserving the records, the names of the parishes as found in the proclamation of 1788, by which Governor de Laborie notified of the re-establishment of the original numbers.

They were Castries; Anse-La-Raye; La Soufriere; Le Gros Islet; Choiseul, Laborie; Vieux Fort; Micoud; Praslin; d’Ennery and Le Dauphin.

Source: Outlines of St. Lucia’s History by Rev. Fr. Charles Jesse – 1994

This feature runs every Tuesday and Thursday. It is compiled by daughter of the soil Anselma Aimable, a former agricultural officer and former correspondent for Caribbean Net News, who has a deep interest in local culture and history. Send ideas and tips to [email protected] 

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