A Front View of the Harbour of Carenage, distant about one League in the Island of St Lucia, middle of the Bay bearing East
Artist: Forrest, Charles
View of the harbour of Carenage on the island of St Lucia. The history of St Lucia is one of warfare and political upheaval, with both the French and British claiming sovereignty. The island changed hands a total of 14 times before it was finally ceded to the English in 1814. The name of the harbour ‘Carenage’ refers to its origins as a small place where boats were cleaned. In the 18th century during the wars between the French and English foreces the site of Carenage harbour was changed from its original location and was resituated near the city now known as Castries.