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MORNE FORTUNE

High on the southern side of Castries lies Morne Fortune. The road that snakes up its slopes offers spectacular views of the town, Castries Harbour, Vigie and the north of the island. Along the route is Bagshaw’s Studios where visitors can watch original silk-screen patterns being made. Also on the Morne is the historic Government House, the official residence of the Governor General. Morne Fortune was one of the most heavily foughtover sites in the Caribbean during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The most famous battle took place on May 24, 1796 when, after a tremendous uphill struggle, the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers captured the Morne from the French. A monument to their valour was erected. The Morne is covered with numerous old fortifications, gun emplacements and cannons. Several of the military buildings have been restored and converted into the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, named after the St. Lucian scholar who won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1979. He is buried on the College grounds.