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Saint Lucia covers a land area of 617 km2 and is the home of close to 200.000 citizens of which 85.3% are Black,
10.9% Mixed, 2.2% Indian and 1.6% Others. 96% are Christians while 2% are Rastafarian.
The French were the island's first European settlers. They signed a treaty with the native Island Caribs in 1660. England took control of the island from 1663 to 1667. In ensuing years, it was at war with France fourteen times, and rule of the island changed frequently (it was ruled seven times each by the French and British). In 1814, the British took definitive control of the island. On 22 February 1979, Saint Lucia became an independent state.
The volcanic island of Saint Lucia is more mountainous than most Caribbean islands, with the highest point being Mount Gimie, at 950 metres. The local climate is tropical, and with the mountains, that form some great nature. The mammals are made up by the agouti and some bats, here are two amphibians while the reptilians count four snakes, three lizards, one iguana, three Anolis, a skink and five geckos. Here is a single tortoise; Red-footed tortoise. Here are around 170 different species of birds.
Here are 1300 wild flowering plant species and 150 species of ferns.