St. Lucia is an island in the Eastern section of the Caribbean Sea and bordering on the North Atlantic Ocean on one side. It is one of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles and is divided into 11 quarters which are also called parishes by the locals and other island neighbors.
The island has an approximate land area of 617 Km2. The quarters are Anse la Raye, Castries, Choiseul, Dauphin, Dennery, Gros Islet, Laborie, Micoud, Praslin, Soufrière and Vieux Fort. Information included here about each of these quarters is from a 2001 survey.
The island got its name from Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the first colonizers who went there from Europe. Their legal system is based on the British Common Law and has been an independent state since February 22, 1979. The 11 quarters are listed below.