St. Lucia, only 20 miles south of Martinique, is a rich blend of French and English culture. First colonized by the French in the 1600's the next 150 years were punctuated by more than a dozen wars with the English. Like on most of the other English islands, sugar was the most important crop in the 19th and early 20th centuries. After World War II refrigerated ships buoyed banana farming and sugar was replaced by the tropical green fruit. On Feb 22, 1979, St Lucia became an independent country where English is the primary language but French and patois are also widely spoken. Today, despite tourism replacing agriculture in the young country's economy, St Lucian rum is becoming recognized internationally for its quality.St Lucia's Pitons rise dramatically from the ocean south of Soufrière and are on every visitor's list of places to see. Marigot Bay was the scene of the movie Doctor Doolittle, but for local color the Friday night Jump Up in Gros Islet is the place to be. In May, the St Lucia Jazz Festival is a popular international event attracting more talent every year. For the past few years, Rodney Bay has been the finish line in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, an amateur yachting event that in 2007 attracted 236 yachts from 30 countries.