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|Marks independence from Great Britain on 22 February 1979|
This public holiday in Saint Lucia is always celebrated on 22 February.
It marks the date in 1979, when Saint Lucia became an independent state of the Commonwealth of Nations.
The Windward island now known as Saint Lucia was first discovered by Europeans in the late 15th or early 16th century. The first settlers were French and they named the island after Saint Lucia, a young Christian martyr who died during the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire of 304 AD.
The English first took control of the island in 1663, and control of the island changed 14 times, being ruled seven times by the French and seven times by the English. The change in ownership finally stopped with English control in 1814 as part of the Treaty of Paris which ended the Napoleonic Wars, when Saint Lucia became a part of the British Windward Islands colony.
In 1958, Saint Lucia joined the West Indies Federation, when the Islands colony was dissolved. In 1967, Saint Lucia became a self-governing island as one of the six members of the West Indies Associated States.
In 1979 it gained full independence under Sir John Compton of the conservative United Workers party (UWP), who later served as prime minister.