National Geographic : 1934 Dec
Photograph by H. F. Loomis SCIENTISTS EXPLORE WHERE SMUGGLERS ONCE ANCHORED While eager youngsters watch, the plant-hunting yacht Utowana, in con trast with an old three-master, moors off Orange Town, St. Eustatius. In American Revolutionary times this small Dutch island was the center of a huge trade in munitions and supplies for the Colonies, and when, in 1781, a British fleet under Rodney captured it, the contraband was sold at auction. rOutugrapui yJacoD toayer HEAD-CARRYING LEAVES THE HANDS FREE FOR TALKING Although England hasheld the island ofSt. Lucia for more than ahundred years, its Negroes mainlyspeak aFrench patois, now gradually giving way to English. Gay kerchiefs serve aspads beneath the baskets and add atouch of color as market-bound women stride along mountain roads orpause onthe streets of Castries for a bit ofanimated conversation (see page 715).