American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- An island country of the West Indies in the Windward Islands south of Martinique. The island was probably sighted by Columbus in 1502. Resistance from the Carib inhabitants defeated several attempts at colonization by the English in the early 17th century, although France succeeded in establishing a settlement in the mid-1600s. The island changed hands several times between the two powers until the end of the Napoleonic Wars (1814), when it passed definitively to Great Britain. St. Lucia joined the West Indies Federation (1958-1962), gaining self-government in 1967 and full independence in 1979. Castries is the capital. Population: 171,000.
- n. a country on the island of Saint Lucia; gained independence from Great Britain in 1979
- n. a volcanic island in the Windward Isles to the south of Martinique
- Latin sancta ("saint") Lucia ("Lucy") (landed on by French sailors on St. Lucy's Day, 13 December 1502) (Wiktionary)
“Clinton sent a large detachment to the Caribbean to take the French island of Saint Lucia and another of 3,500 men under Scottish brigadier general Archibald Campbell to try to capture Savannah, Georgia.”
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