When you think of a tropical island, you think of smooth white beaches filled with rustling palms and azure blue waves lapping at the shore. St. Kitts is that place. St. Kitts and Nevis is a unique country with rich history, culture and people.
Just the Facts
St. Kitts and Nevis’s capital city is Basseterre, and its population is about 51 thousand people. St. Kitts and Nevis is located in the Caribbean Sea’s Leeward Islands. The CIA World Fact Book says it is “about one-third of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago”. The official language of St. Kitts and Nevis is English. St. Kitts and Nevis’s full official name is actually the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, and its former name is the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis.
Christopher Columbus’s Vacation Spot
After Christopher Columbus found St. Kitts and Nevis, both the British and the French fought over territorial rule. St. Kitts was first named Liamuiga (Fertile Island), and Nevis was named Oualie (Beautiful Waters). When Christopher Columbus discovered these islands, he renamed St. Kitts “San Christóbal”, or St. Christopher; and Nevis was renamed “Santa Maria de las Nieves”, or Our Lady of the Snows. The first settlers of St. Kitts were the Arawak and Carib Indians, and British and French people started settling next in 1623 - 1628. From 1675 to 1730, Nevis was the main hub of African slave trade in the Caribbean. The British Empire took control of St. Kitts and Nevis in 1713, but they became their own nation on September 19, 1983. According to World Book, “In August 1998, voters on Nevis narrowly repealed a referendum that would have made the island independent from St. Kitts.”
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If you wanted an island with great foods, interesting culture and history, and beautiful scenery to boot, go to St. Kitts and Nevis for your next holiday! Just don’t try the pudding.
“Saint Kitts and Nevis”. CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2014. Web. March 12, 2014.
“Saint Kitts and Nevis”. The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency, February 26, 2014. Web. March 11, 2014.
Small, Stephen. “Saint Kitts and Nevis”. World Book Student. World Book, 2014. Web. March 12, 2014.
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