Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis is a dual-island nation situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It’s known for its cloud-shrouded mountains and beaches. Many of its former sugar plantations are now inns or atmospheric ruins. The larger of the 2 islands, Saint Kitts, is dominated by the dormant Mount Liamuiga volcano, home to a crater lake, green vervet monkeys, and rainforest crisscrossed with hiking trails. Saint Kitts and Nevis is a twin-island country located in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Both islands are actually the summits of a submerged volcanic mountain range. Nevis is cone-shaped, with a central volcanic peak; Nevis Peak. The island has a narrow coastal plain that rises gently into the upper elevations. There is a scattering of white and black sand beaches. St. Kitts is an elongated oval in shape, except for a long, narrow peninsula to the southeast. Its narrow coastal plain rises steeply into the upper elevations. It is comprised of a group of volcanic peaks, the highest of which is Mount Liamuiga, formerly Mount Misery, a dormant volcano some 1,156 m, (3,792 ft) high.

Key Cities

Key cities in Saint Kitts and Nevis include Basseterre, Fig tree, Market Shop, Saint Paul’s, Middle Island, Nicola Town, and Trinity.

Historical, Cultural facts & Religion

St Christopher (St Kitts) was sighted by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage in 1493. It was colonized by the English under Sir Thomas Warner in 1623 and during the following centuries, sugar was grown on plantations worked by enslaved Africans. Nevis was settled by the English in 1628. British traditions play an important part in the modern culture of St Kitts and Nevis, and most inhabitants are of African descent, having been brought in during the early colonial period. English is the official language spoken here, and around 50 percent of the devoutly religious population is Anglican.

Brief Country History

In 1620, Ralph Merifield and Sir Thomas Warner received from King James I, a Royal Patent to colonize the Leeward Islands, but with overall authority through James Hay, 1st Earl of Carlisle. Merifield and Warner formed the company Merwars Hope, which was renamed the Society of Adventurers, which merged into the Royal African Company in 1664. Warner arrived on St. Kitts on 28 January 1623 with 15 settlers and came to terms with the Carib Chief Ouboutou Tegremante. Three Frenchmen were already on the island, either Huguenot refugees, pirates, or castaways. The Hurricane of September 1623 wiped out their tobacco and vegetable crop, yet the colony survived and grew. Hopewell arrived in 1624 and included Warner’s friend Colonel John Jefferson, who built Wingfield Manor. This Jefferson may have been an ancestor of Thomas Jefferson’s.

In 1625, a French captain, Pierre Belain d’Esnambuc, arrived on St. Kitts aboard his 14-gun brigantine and a crew of 40. He had escaped a three-hour battle with a 35-gun Spanish warship near the Cayman Islands. In 1627, Warner and d’Esnambuc split the island in four quarters, with the English controlling the middle half and the French the end quarters. Cardinal Richelieu formed the Compagnie de Saint-Christophe in 1626, and 40 slaves were purchased from Senegal. By 1635, the number of slaves on St. Kitts had grown to 500–600, and by 1665 the French West India Company replaced the Compagnie. As the European population on Saint Kitts continued to increase, Chief Tegremond grew hostile to the foreigners in 1626, and plotted their elimination with the help of other Island Caribs. However, a native woman named Barbe informed Warner and d’Esnambuc of the plot and they decided to take action. The Europeans acted by getting the Indians intoxicated at a party before returning to their village, where 120 were killed in their sleep. The following day, at a site now called Bloody Point, with a ravine known as Bloody River, over 2,000 Caribs were massacred. By 1640, the remaining Caribs not enslaved on St. Kitts, Nevis, and Antigua, were removed to Dominica. In 1628, Warner allowed Anthony Hilton to settle Nevis, along with 80 others from St. Kitts. Hilton had recently escaped murder by his indentured servant and decided to sell his St. Kitts’ plantation. Hilton’s 80 were joined by 100 other settlers, originally bound for Barbuda. The 1629 English colonization was led by George Donne.[4] Both powers then proceeded to colonize neighboring islands from their bases. The English settled Nevis (1628), Antigua (1632), Montserrat (1632) and later Anguilla (1650) and Tortola (1672). The French colonized Martinique (1635), the Guadeloupe archipelago (1635), St Martin (1648), St Barths (1648), and Saint Croix (1650).

Language (s) Written & Spoken

In Saint Kitts and Nevis, the spoken language is English and the written language is English. Saint Kitts Creole is also spoken by around 40,000 people in the country.

Important Types of Commerce in Saint Kitts and Nevis

The economy of Saint Kitts and Nevis has traditionally depended on the growing and processing of sugar cane; decreasing world prices have hurt the industry in recent years. Tourism, export-oriented manufacturing, and offshore banking activity have assumed larger roles.

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