Saint Lucia: History
The Spanish are the first Europeans to land on the islands.
The French establish a colony on the island.
France gives up control of the island to Britain in the Treaty of Paris. The British proclaim St. Lucia a crown colony and bring African slaves to work on the sugar cane plantations.
Slavery is abolished on the islands.
St. Lucia is granted self-government, and a constitution is ratified that includes a partially elected legislative council.
St. Lucia enters the Federation of the West Indies, although it only lasts four years.
The sugar cane industry is closed on the island.
St. Lucia becomes an associated state of the United Kingdom, meaning the island has full responsibility for internal self-government, but the United Kingdom retains control over external affairs and defense.
St. Lucia becomes an independent state in the Commonwealth.
Strikes and civil unrest follow a fall in the price of bananas.