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Soufrière, Saint Lucia

Coordinates: 13°51′14″N 61°03′33″W / 13.854°N 61.0592°W / 13.854; -61.0592
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Soufrière and the Pitons
Soufrière and the Pitons
Political map of Saint Lucia showing Soufrière
Political map of Saint Lucia showing Soufrière
Coordinates: 13°51′14″N 61°03′33″W / 13.854°N 61.0592°W / 13.854; -61.0592
Country Saint Lucia
QuarterSoufrière Quarter
Founded18th century
Founded byFrance
Named forThe local volcano
 • Governing bodySoufrière Council
 • MayorJoan Hippolyte[1]
5 m (16 ft)
 • Total7,935 (Soufrière District)
Time zoneUTC-4 (Eastern Caribbean Time Zone (ECT))
Area code758

Soufrière is a town on the West Coast of Saint Lucia, in the eastern Caribbean Sea. The town and the surrounding district has a population of 7,935. It was colonized by the French and was the original capital of the island.[3]


French colonizers built large estates in Soufrière, and their descendants still live in the area. The French Revolution of 1789 resulted in many Royalists being executed and the enslaved Africans were released from enslavement. However, Napoleon reintroduced slavery when he came to power.

The British invaded St Lucia shortly afterwards, but the enslaved Africans and French deserters fought them in a guerrilla campaign until 1803 when they were defeated and St Lucia became a British colony. Also, during that time, Castries became the capital of St Lucia.

Over the years, Soufrière has had to deal with hurricanes in 1780, 1817, 1831, 1898 and 1980, a major fire in 1955 and an earthquake in 1991. Many of these events have resulted in the town being rebuilt.

Soufrière inhabitants have included the future Empress of France Joséphine de Beauharnais (who spent much of her childhood in the area),[citation needed] and George Charles (the first Premier of St Lucia). When Queen Elizabeth II visited St Lucia in 1966, she landed at Soufrière rather than Castries.

Today, Soufrière is more dependent on tourism rather than agriculture. The Pitons are just south of the town and there are several attractions in the area. Many of the old estates are still there such as Soufrière Estate, Fond Doux Estate and Rabot Estate.


  • The Pitons – Gros Piton and Petit Piton are two giant volcanic plugs located south of Soufrière and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Sulphur Springs – Soufrière is located within the caldera of the dormant Qualibou volcano and the area is geothermally active. It is marketed as a drive-through volcano, and there are numerous hot springs and fumaroles.
  • Soufrière Estate – also known as Diamond Estate, this is an old colonial estate that is home to a botanical garden, sulphur baths and Diamond Falls.[4]
  • Fond Doux Estate – a working plantation where cacao is still processed.[5]
  • St Lucia's Rainforest – there are several rainforest trails in the area with views, wildlife and waterfalls such as the Enbas Saut Falls.[6]
  • Anse Chastanet – a resort with a beach and several trails along the coast.
  • Volga Nature Trail - a hiking trail with views of both pitons up close with views of Sugar beach.

In popular culture[edit]

Soufrière was the filming location for most of the 1985 film Water, set on the fictional British colony of Cascara.

Image gallery of the town of Soufrière[edit]

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  1. ^ Gaillard, Sharefil (13 September 2021). "Soufriere gets a new mayor". Loop News. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  2. ^ Home
  3. ^ stlucia.org. "History of Soufrière".
  4. ^ Diamond Botanical Gardens. "Diamond Botanical Gardens".
  5. ^ Fond Doux Estate. "Fond Doux Estate".
  6. ^ St Lucia Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry and Fisheries. "Homepage".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "Former Gros Islet MP takes aim at Soufriere". St. Lucia News Online. 28 January 2019. Archived from the original on 28 January 2019.
  8. ^ Stuart, Jonathan (5 August 2021). "Cabinet of Ministers revealed at swearing-in ceremony". Loop News. Retrieved 14 September 2021.

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