• 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.

  • 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 fully self- governing in internal affairs, while Britain maintains control of defense and external affairs.

  • St. Lucia becomes an independent state in the Commonwealth.
  • Tropical Storm Lili destroys around half of the year's banana crop and destroys entire plantations in other places.


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