British interest in
St. Lucia began in the middle of the 16th century, but it was not
until 1778 that they began the effort that gained possession of the
island from the Empire in 1814. In the middle of this period of time
the British also fought the "Brigands War," against African slaves who
took the opportunity to seek their freedom.
The Battle of Rabot
which was one of the key events of the “Brigands War” was fought
April 22, 1795, The souvenir sheet shows the disposition of the
forces and the plan of battle. The war ended in November 1797 with an
agreement by the British that the Brigands would not be re-enslaved
but repatriated to Africa. At the end of the war the Brigands were
recruited into the 1st West India Regiment, which was stationed in
Sierra Leone. They served in the Regiment with honor.
An eighteenth century map of St.