Do you know the only country in the world named after a women? The country somewhere in the West Indies in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean called Saint Lucia is the only country in the world named after a woman.
What is this country? And what is this woman? Read below :
The United Nations recognizes a 195 sovereign states (193 member states and 2 non-member observer states) around the world. Of this total, only one is named after a woman: Saint Lucia. Also known as Saint Lucie, the nation is one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful destinations. The small island country was named by French settlers who were the first Europeans to explore the island. Although certain territories may be named after a woman or group of women, such as the Virgin Islands which is named after Saint Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins, Saint Lucia is the only sovereign state to be named after a woman.
Saint Lucia is an island nation located in the eastern reaches of the Caribbean Sea and is part of the Lesser Antilles. Its closest neighboring countries are Barbados to the southwest, Martinique to the north, and Saint Vincent to the south and southwest. Saint Lucia covers a total land area of only 238 square miles, ranking it among the smallest countries in the world. According to the 2010 census, Saint Lucia had a population of approximately 165,600 people.
WHO IS THIS WOMAN
Lucia of Syracuse (283–304), also called Saint Lucia was a Christian martyr who died during the Diocletianic Persecution. She is venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Eastern Orthodox churches. She is one of eight women (including Saint Mary) explicitly commemorated by Roman Catholics in the Canon of the Mass. Her traditional feast day, known in Europe as Saint Lucia's Day, is observed by Western Christians on 13 December. Lucia of Syracuse was honored in the Middle Ages and remained a well-known saint in early modern England.
Legend states French sailors were shipwrecked here on 13 December, the feast day of St. Lucy, thus naming the island in honor of Sainte Lucie.
WHAT TO SEE THERE
Saint Lucia tends to be popular due to its tropical weather and scenery and its numerous beaches and resorts.
Most popular attractions include a drive-in volcano, Sulphur Springs (in Soufrière),zip lining in beautiful Sault Falls, Dennery, the Botanical Gardens, the Majestic twin Peaks "The Pitons", a world heritage site, the rain forests, several options of boat trips, Frigate Island Nature Reserve (Operated by the St. Lucia National Trust), Dennery, and Pigeon Island National Park, which is home to Fort Rodney, an old British military base.
What about you? Have you been to this country? How did you like it?