Step out of your car and savor this elevated view of Barrouallie. You will immediately understand why the earliest French settlers selected this idyllic spot in 1719. They quickly established plantations in the area manned by African slaves. Soon, Barrouallie evolved into the epicenter for sugarcane. This booming economy came to a crashing halt for two reasons. The slaves were freed in 1838. At the same time, sugarcane prices dropped when Europe began relying on their own sugar beets.