Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and white sandy beaches combine to make St. Kitts one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean. St. Kitts & Nevis are a two-island country and the smallest estate in the Leeward Islands located north of Antigua.
The capital of these Islands is Basseterre situated on the mainland of St. Kitts, the larger of the 2, with a total population of 42,696 (2000). Its terrain is volcanic in nature, with tropical rainforest on large peaks, plus numerous rivers and a small salt pond.
Originally named “Liamuiga” (fertile land) by the Caribs who inhabited the islands until the early 1600’s. Christopher Columbus first spotted St. Kitts in 1493, when it was populated with native tribes.
France and Britain raged war over its colonization until 1713 when France ceded control to Britain. Its strategic location and valuable sugar trade led to an advanced and luxurious development that was among the best in the colonial Caribbean. A drop in world sugar prices that grossly affected the economy forced the country to divert its interests and focused their attention on tourism and offshore financial services.
The Islands became independent in 1983.