National Geographic : 1934 Dec
Photograph by Capt. Albert W. Stevens DEADLY SNAKES ONCE INFESTED THE VERDURE-COVERED MOUNTAINS OF LOVELY ST.LUCIA Now these lurking perils, including the venomous fer-de-lance, or "yellow viper," have been virtually wiped out withthe aidofthedevastating mongoose. The author's plant-seeking party roamed in safety through tropical forests filled with graceful palms and tree ferns. At the left, Castries, thecapital, nestles atthehead ofitssuperb landlocked harbor. Around it, on land and sea, centered for years the struggle of the French and English for supremacy intheWest Indies.