Saint Lucia, an English island of the West Indies, in the Windward group, between St. Vincent and Martinique, crossed by the parallel of 14° N. and the meridian of 61° W.; length 26 m., breadth 11 m.; area, 248 sq. m.; pop. about 33,000. The surface is mountainous, with a small plain near the S. end and marshes on the coast. Two conical mountains rise abruptly out of the sea on the W. side to elevations of 2,680 and 2,710 ft.; an extinct volcano 1,000 ft. high, containing an inexhaustible mass of sulphur, occupies the S. W. part of the island. The soil is fertile; the mountains are clothed with forests containing valuable timber and dyewoods; the valleys are well watered, yielding abundant crops of sugar cane and cacao. The average annual value of exports is $812,000; of imports, $630,000. The climate is warm, damp, and unhealthy, and destructive hurricanes occur. The chief town, Castries, is on the shore of an excellent harbor on the W. coast, 9 m. from the N. end. The island was first settled in 1605 and 1639 by English colonies, and has been several times taken by the French, but the English have held possession since 1803.