St. Kitts & Nevis

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St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts & Nevis are on the same island virtually. 

St. Kitts was originally settled by pre-agricultural, pre-ceramic “Archaic people”, who migrated south down the archipelago from Florida.  A Spanish expedition under Christopher Columbus arrived and claimed the island for Spain in 1493. The first English colony was established in 1623, followed by a French colony in 1625. The island alternated repeatedly between English (then British) and the French. Parts of the island were heavily fortified, as exemplified by the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Brimstone Hill and the now-crumbling Fort Charles. The island is one of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles which are mainly of African descent due to slavery for the tobacco & sugar industry.

A ring road goes around the perimeter of the island with smaller roads branching off it; the interior of the island is too steep for habitation. St. Kitts has three distinct groups of volcanic peaks.

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest fortress ever built in the Eastern Caribbean. 

The island of Saint Kitts is home to the Warner Park Cricket Stadium, which was used to host 2007 Cricket World Cup matches.

Saint Kitts and Nevis are separated by a shallow 3-kilometre (2 mi) channel known as “The Narrows“. Nevis is of particular historical significance to Americans because it was the birthplace and early childhood home of Alexander Hamilton. For the British, Nevis is the place where Horatio Nelson was stationed as a young sea captain, and is where he met and married a Nevisian, Frances Nisbet, the young widow of a plantation-owner. Nevis Peak (985 m /3,232 ft) is the dormant remnant of one of these ancient stratovolcanoes. The last activity took place about 100,000 years ago, but active fumaroles and hot springs are still found on the island, the most recent formed in 1953. The literacy rate, 98 percent, is one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere. This is a very wealthy country and there are some gorgeous old plantations turned into resorts here. The Four Seasons is a favorite among the wealthy. I used to work with a lady at NML from Nevis. She was very smart. Captain Bartholomew Gilbert of Plymouth visited the island in 1603, spending two weeks to cut twenty tons of lignum vitae wood. Gilbert sailed on to Virginia to seek out survivors of the Roanoke settlement in what is now North CarolinaCaptain John Smith visited Nevis also on his way to Virginia in 1607. This was the voyage which founded Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the New World.

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