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True or False?
Saint Lucia is just over 40 miles long
False. The island is 28 miles long and just 13 miles wide.
The island of Saint Lucia is named after Saint Lucy, an Italian Christian martyr
True. Saint Lucy was killed for her faith in Sicily in AD304 during the Diocletian Persecution. She is the patron saint of Saint Lucia and is known as a protector of sight.
Saint Lucia changed hands between the French and British four times during the 17th and 18th centuries
False. The island actually went between the two ruling nations no less than 14 times!
Saint Lucia has a population of less than 200,000
True. According to the 2010 census, the island had 165,595. In 2016 it is estimated to have 185,868 people, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
The main festival is the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival in May
True. Every year the 10-day festival attracts jazz musicians and fans from all over the world!
The Feast Day of Saint Lucia is on the shortest day of the year
False – ish! The Feast day of Saint Lucia is celebrated on December 13. This once coincided with the Winter Solstice before the Julian/Gregorian calendar reforms, which meant that several days were “lost” during the adjustment. Now, the shortest day in the northern hemisphere falls on December 21.
Saint Lucia facts show the island has produced two Nobel Prize winners
True. Arthur Lewis was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1979 and Derek Walcott received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992.
Saint Lucy is patron saint of the blind, martyrs, epidemics, salesmen, throat infections, and writers
True. On all accounts!
Saint Lucia’s national bird is the Jacquot
True. Also known as the Saint Lucia Parrot, this colorful blue and red bird is only found in Saint Lucia. Due to the loss of its forest habitat, the bird is currently considered a threatened species. In the 1970s there were just 150 birds left, but conservation efforts have now increased the number to 350 birds.
Saint Lucia has won one gold Olympic medal
False. Sadly, Saint Lucia has never won an Olympic medal. The largest team sent to represent the island consisted of six athletes at Atlanta in 1996.
The highest peak on Saint Lucia is Gros Piton
False. Although the Pitons are the most famous peaks on the island, the highest peak is Mount Gimie at 950m (3,117 feet). It is located east of Malgretout in the southern part of the island. Gros Piton rises to a height of 786m (2,578 feet) and Petit Piton is slightly lower at 739m (2,425 feet).
Saint Lucia’s flag was designed by a local artist in 1967
True. The flag was designed by Dunstan Saint Omer. The light blue background represents the sky and sea, and the upward arrow represents the Pitons.
Now that you know the answers, test your partner with these Saint Lucia facts and see how much they know about your favorite Caribbean destination!
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