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Saint Lucia-The only country named after a woman

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Most countries in the world are named after tribes. However, about 25 countries owe their names to saints, mythical heroes or significant people from their past. And, among them, only one country was "sponsored" by a woman!

Saint Lucia, sometimes called Santa Lucia, is a small island nation in the Caribbean, in Central America. It is located on the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It covers an area of 617 km2 and is home to just over 165,000 inhabitants.

It was a British colony, and gained independence on February 22, 1979. Today she is a member of the British Commonwealth and Francophonie.

This country was named after a Roman Catholic saint - Saint Lucia of Syracuse, and there is an interesting legend about how it came about. Namely, before the arrival of the Europeans, the local tribes that inhabited the island called their country Jouanalao.

And then came the Europeans - the French. According to tradition, that happened on December 13, when, according to the Gregorian calendar, the feast of St. Lucia is celebrated.

Namely, it was about shipwrecked people floating in the ocean with no hope of salvation when, on December 13, 1502, they finally saw the land. They attributed their rescue from the clutches of certain death in the depths of the sea to the saint and named the land on which they landed after her.

The island first fell under French rule, but the British soon arrived. The two countries have clashed over Santa Lucia as many as 14 times. The British finally prevailed in 1814 and held the island under their rule for the next 165 years.

However, the name remained, and in the meantime, December 13 was turned into the most important national holiday on the island, and that is how it is still celebrated today.

Santa Lucia - Honeymoon Island

Although the Caribbean is full of challenging honeymoon destinations, Santa Lucia is probably one of the most beautiful islands. Not only are there countless white sandy beaches, but also those covered with black volcanic sand in the south.

There are also beautiful green mountains - the most famous of which are the two recognizable peaks of Gross Python and Petit Python. Like nearby Martinique and Dominica, Santa Lucia is a reflection of the old Caribbean where movie stars and royal families came to relax and have fun in relative anonymity.

Most of these resorts are located around two capitals on the island, both of which are located on the west coast: the capital Castries which has a rich nightlife and interesting restaurants, bars and shopping malls; and Soufriere, a sleepy seaside town considered "true Santa Lucia."

So a honeymoon on that island can be a somewhat more intimate and peaceful experience than it would be on some other Caribbean islands. It also offers a number of interesting activities.

Thanks to the warm waters, visitors can enjoy water sports, and the coral reefs offer excellent conditions for diving and underwater photography.

Santa Lucia is also widely known for its good restaurants that combine very specific elements of French and Creole cuisine into unique dishes such as callaloo and special stew.

The mountains add a whole new dimension to the honeymoon in Santa Lucia. In addition to having good hiking trails and breathtaking beauty, romantic rides are organized on them.

Although the narrow paths, sharp turns and dramatic abysses evoke fear, the spectacular view of the panorama of Santa Lucia makes up for it all.

Seven times British, seven times French. "

The history of that island can be reduced to the saying of the local population: "Seven times British, seven times French".

However, although the British were the last in power, the French definitely had a stronger influence: many of the cities and waterways have French names - Anse Chastanet and Anse La Raye - where “anse” means “bay”.

Although the locals speak English with a Caribbean accent, they also have their own dialect of French.

One of the most popular places to visit in Santa Lucia, Diamond Botanical Gardens has stone planters under the plateau that Louis XVI built for soldiers to wash at the source of the "water of youth".

Meaning and origin of the name Lucia (LUCIA, LUCE)

The name Lucia is of Latin origin, derived from the Latin word lux which means light. As the meaning of the name suggests, Lucia sounds bright and friendly, worldly and intelligent, poetic and melodic. The right choice for every happy girl.

You can drive Lucia out of the light, but you can't drive the light out of Lucia.

Lucia is the protector of the blind and she is a symbol for the “path of light”. Born in the late 3rd century in Syracuse, Sicily, she converted to Christianity and rejected her pagan fiancé. Rejected and furious, he will seek her execution. When the guards came to take her to the execution, at first they could not move her body because it was so heavy and filled with the Holy Spirit. Nor did they manage to burn it. Finally, frustrated guards dug out her eyes. It is therefore considered the protector of the eyes and sight.

St. Lucy is celebrated on December 13th. It is customary to monitor and record the 12 days from Lucia to Christmas. Folklore says there will be such a weather in each of the 12 months of next year.

Popularity of the name Lucia

The name Lucjia is cosmopolitan and is widely used in Europe - especially in Italy and Spain, but also in the United States for more than a century. In Spain, the name Lucia is an absolute hit and is in a convincing first place.

At the end there is another wonderful song and a wonderful video about the state of Saint Lucia

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I assumed it was a saint. That the island was named for that.

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The natural beauty of this island is breathtaking. The most interesting are the two mountain ranges Veliki and Mali python, about seven hundred meters high. It is the right place for beautiful and long walks. There is an abundance of untouched nature. The Edmond Reserve is especially interesting, where the film "Doctor Doolittle" with Rex Harrison was made back in 1967. This island has also attracted the attention of musicians who come to the Pidgin Island National Park from all over the world to enjoy the "Lucia Jazz Festival". The extent to which the inhabitants of this island are connected to the saint after whom the island is named can be seen on the state coat of arms where "Earth, people, light" is written.

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1 month ago

but I overlooked this one for the coat of arms. Good to have you

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1 month ago

fantastic article! many things I heard for the first time. thank you

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1 month ago

i didn't even know about this island.

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1 month ago

I am closest to St. Lucia from Guadeloupe, and in that archipelago, each island has its patron saint. Of course they are all saints or. To me, that cult is something blissful and beautiful.

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1 month ago

This is heaven on the Earth! Thank you for sharing such a good article! Have a nice day!

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1 month ago

i know for this fact earlier but dont know story behind, now i learn this too

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1 month ago

Wow amazing, 1 minute ago I didn't know about your topic now I do. So thanks a lot, and back me dear.

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1 month ago

I need a rest in a place like this

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1 month ago

I like the country where nature is a beautiful country and another beautiful article hehe

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1 month ago

A američka savezna država Louisiana?

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The name Louis is a boy's name of German, French origin meaning "renowned warrior".

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A američka savezna država Louisiana?

Louisiana was named after Louis XIV, the French king who ruled from 1643 to 1715. When Rene Robert Cavelli declared the territory in the Mississippi River Basin French, he called it La Louisiane, meaning Louis's Land. [3] As part of the French Empire, the Louisiana Territory stretched from today's Gulf of Mobil to an area just north of today's US-Canada border.

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1 month ago

Wow🙏🙏. Am really thrilled to read this article. Thanks so much. I don't know much about the saint and her lifestyle but am happy with everything you lut out here. Thanks.

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1 month ago

Every compliment gives me the impetus to write even better articles

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1 month ago

Very good article and what adorns all the Caribbean islands to have a warm tropical climate, The late singer Amy Winehouse was in love with the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, which is also an independent state Already during her first stay there, during the Christmas holidays, she considered it her second home.

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1 month ago

oooo I didn't know that. But I think I would also like it very, very much and I could stay there.

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1 month ago

This country seems interesting ... Given the small number of inhabitants, I believe that life there is peaceful and beautiful!

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1 month ago

I think so too. Now I read about their language or dialect. They are still using some old version. Maybe there's a member living here .... I'd be happy to meet him

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1 month ago

Do you live there?

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1 month ago

no .. but I would like to I just adore that name. The most beautiful name in the world

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1 month ago

Oh yes, that name also exist here in Philippines.

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1 month ago

do you like

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1 month ago

What is it?

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1 month ago

I think do you like the name Lucy

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1 month ago

Well, yeah. A little 😊

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1 month ago

nice ..thank you

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