A View of Pigeon Island and Gros-Is-Let-Bay, in the Island of St. Lucia
Artist: Forrest, Charles
An eighteenth century engraving of a view from St. Lucia, depicting Pigeon Island and Gros Island Bay- the site of a naval base. 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. It was from Pigeon Island that the British Admiral George Rodney set out in 1782 to attack the French Fleet under the command of Admiral Comte de Grasse. The ensuing battle, in which the British were successful, became known as the ‘Battle of the Saints’.