Motto: “The Land, The People, The Light”
27 Miles Long
14 Miles Wide
The Pitons also known as “Twin Peaks” are two mountainous volcanic plugs, volcanic spires, located in Saint Lucia.
The Gros Piton is 2,530 ft high, and the Petit Piton is 2,438 ft high; they are linked by the Piton Mitan ridge.
St. Lucia's Soufriere volcano is the world's only drive-in volcanic crater.
The French were the island's first European settlers. They signed a treaty with the native Carib Indians in 1660. England took control of the island from 1663 to 1667.
In ensuing years, it was at war with France 14 times, and rule of the island changed frequently (it was seven times each ruled by the French and British).
In 1814, the British took definitive control of the island. Because it switched so often between British and French control, Saint Lucia was also known as the "Helen of the West Indies".