Tourism, Fruit and Fiber Optics: St. Lucia is Open for Business
St. Lucia was so heavily contested in the 17th and 18th centuries that it changed hands between Britain and France 14 times, finally ending up as a British possession in 1814. Slavery, which had driven the island's financial engine for centuries, was abolished in 1834, but the production and export of tropical agricultural goods still remained entrenched as the backbone of the St. Lucia economy.
St. Lucia is an exciting place to start a new business. The island has attracted significant overseas investment, particularly in its tourism industry and offshore financial sector. St. Lucia is home to the most diverse manufacturing sector in the East Caribbean. The country is also a major producer and exporter of mangos, coconuts, bananas and avocados.
The island is home to three public and one private television stations. Cable TV and satellite subscriptions are also available, and the country is home to nearly 150,000 Internet users.