St Lucia is a Caribbean island with a tumultuous history that saw it frequently switch between French and British colonial rule. Integration between these two European cultures is manifested in St Lucia’s adoption of both civil and common law, as well as in the widespread use of French and official use of English. The culture of St Lucia has also been influenced by African heritage as, under British rule, enslaved Africans were brought in to work the land. St Lucia is a renowned vacation destination, and travel and tourism normally contribute more than 40 per cent of the nation’s GDP. St Lucia’s ‘Pitons’ – twin mountains of volcanic origin – are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.