The Windward Islands include Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica, and St. Vincent. These four islands face the Trade Winds in a line of volcanic peaks, and are known for their breathtaking beaches. Because the Windwards were once owned by France, French heritage is still strong there. There is also a heavy African influence, with many islanders descendants of African slaves that were freed in 1834. Of the four islands, St. Lucia ranks as the most developed and most frequently visited, with Grenada also a tourist destination, particularly for sailors and divers. Dominica offers both nature tourism and scuba diving. Of all the Windward Islands, St. Vincent is the most untouched and least visited.