Anse la Raye District

Anse la Raye District is one of 10 districts (formerly called quarters) of the island nation of St. Lucia in the Caribbean Sea. The name Anse la Raye is French for cover/bay of the rays, since there are a large number of skate fish or rays in the bay.[3] In 2005/2010, the population of the district was 6,382/6,060 people, and they are mainly fishers and agricultural workers. The main town in the area takes the same name as the district and is located down the western coast from Castries, the capital of the country.[1][4][5][6][2][7]

Anse la Raye District
Anse la Raye Bay
Anse la Raye District
Coordinates (Town of Anse-la-Raye[1]): 13°56′24″N 61°02′33″W
CountrySaint Lucia
  Total37.6 km2 (14.5 sq mi)
  Land31 km2 (12 sq mi)
  Density160/km2 (420/sq mi)
ISO 3166-2:LC


In French colonial times, Anse la Raye was the sight of sugar plantation, according to a plaque in a park in the town of Anse la Raye erected in 2010. There were as many as 107 estates in Anse la Raye in 1775, according to church records. During the French Revolution, slaves were freed and the name of the town was changed to L'Egalite. Slave were freed and the plantations were burned. Most people abandoned the land and turned towards fishing as a livelihood. Banana and coconut oil production became more important in the mid-20th century, as well as boat building. The area is known for feather racing boats and canoe races. In the late 1990s, a Friday Fish Night became a popular diversion in the town of Anse la Raye.[5][8]

Severe hurricanes struck Saint Lucia in 1780 and 1817, destroying many ships moored in Anse la Raye.[8]


Rivers in Anse la Raye Quarter include:[9]

Bays (Anse) in the region include:[9]

There is also an Anse la Raye waterfalls with a height of about 15 m (49 ft) at 13°55′39″N 61°01′31″W.[10]


There are two points on the Caribbean Sea coast of Anse la Raye Quarter:[9]


There are two mountains in Anse la Raye Quarter:[9]

Populated places

There are 27 second-order administrative divisions of the Anse la Raye District. These districts are used in census take to report population.[11]

The following populated places are in Anse la Raye District:[9]

There are two localities in Anse la Raye District:[9]


The seat of the Anse la Ray District is in the town of Anse la Ray.[6]

The Anse la Ray District is represented in the House of Assembly of Saint Lucia by the Honorable Wayne D. Girard, Parliamentary Representative for the Anse La Raye/Canaries electoral constituency.[12]

See also


  1. "Anse la Raye first level administrative region". National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  2. "Map of Anse-La-Raye" (PDF). Government Statistics Bureau, Saint Lucia. Retrieved August 16, 2021.
  3. An alternate spelling includes hyphens, i.e. Anse-la-Raye.
  4. "Population by District". Saint Lucian Statistics. Archived from the original on November 24, 2007. Retrieved January 21, 2006.
  5. "History of Anse la Raye". Waymarking. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  6. "Anse la Raye". GeoNames. Retrieved August 16, 2021.
  7. "Saint Lucia Districts". Government of Saint Lucia. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  8. "History of Anse la Raye". Saint Lucia History. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  9. "Anse la Ray". GeoNames. Retrieved August 16, 2021.
  10. "Anse la Raye Falls". World of waterfalls. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  11. "Anse la Raye administrative divisions". GeoNames. Retrieved August 17, 2021.
  12. "House of Assembly". Government of Saint Lucia. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
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