Saints of the Caribbean: Lucia and Kitts…

Saint Lucia (LOO-sha) and Saint Kitts may be separated by a few hundred miles, but their histories show remarkable similarities, which is not so strange, I suppose, when the entire region was quibbled over by the same three Euro-powers again and again. But mostly France and England, duking it out, after the Spanish left in imperial decline, with their former colonies Cuba and Republica Dominicana now firmly independent and capable of taking care of themselves…  

But those are the big islands and the Saintly Islands are all Lesser Antilles, that hop-scotch splatter of stepping stones that conveys you from Puerto Rico to South America, with no more than a 100-mile gap at any point along the way…

Saint Kitts was the first island colony, and to this day has only a little more than 50,000 inhabitants, while Saint Lucia has at least thrice that many. But they both had native Kalinago, preserved linguistically in the Honduran-Belizean Garifuna…

While largely assimilated racially, along with majority Africans, Europeans and East Indians. And, of course, Saint Kitts has Nevis, too, which often gets short shrift, much to its constant consternation…

So it’s a cultural stew, not unlike the local cuisine, boiled up and eaten with Johnny cakes, ox-tail stew and black pudding, and East Indian culinary DJ’s spinning roti off the griddle like so many Trinidadian tacos for your gustatorial temptation…

Me, I’m quite content to kick back with a cool one and some cool island vibes, let manana take care of the heavy lifting, and let the waves take care of the tides–which the Caribbean doesn’t have, BTW. You heard it here first…

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