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Descriptor English: Saint Lucia
Descriptor Spanish: Santa Lucia
Descriptor Portuguese: Santa Lúcia
Descriptor French: Sainte-Lucie
Entry term(s): St. Lucia
Tree number(s): Z01.107.084.900.825
Z01.639.880.825
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D019431
Scope note: An independent state in the West Indies. Its capital is Castries. It was probably discovered by Columbus in 1502 and first settled by the English in 1605. Contended for by the French and English in the 17th century, it was regarded as neutral in 1748 but changed hands many times in the wars of the 19th century. It became a self-governing state in association with Great Britain in 1967 and achieved independence in 1979. Columbus named it for the day on which he discovered it, the feast of St. Lucy, a Sicilian virgin martyr. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p1051 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p477)
Annotation: an island in the West Indies
Allowable Qualifiers: EH ethnology
EP epidemiology
Previous Indexing: West Indies (1966-1996)
History Note: 97
DeCS ID: 33215
Unique ID: D019431
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Date Established: 1997/01/01
Date of Entry: 1996/06/10
Revision Date: 2012/07/03
Saint Lucia - Preferred
Concept UI M0028907
Scope note An independent state in the West Indies. Its capital is Castries. It was probably discovered by Columbus in 1502 and first settled by the English in 1605. Contended for by the French and English in the 17th century, it was regarded as neutral in 1748 but changed hands many times in the wars of the 19th century. It became a self-governing state in association with Great Britain in 1967 and achieved independence in 1979. Columbus named it for the day on which he discovered it, the feast of St. Lucy, a Sicilian virgin martyr. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p1051 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p477)
Preferred term Saint Lucia
Entry term(s) St. Lucia



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