Motto: “Country Above Self”
Capital City: Basseterre
Population: approx 54,191
Languages spoken: Creole English
Religion: Mostly Christianity. some Rastafarians and Bahá’í followers.
Head of state: Queen Elizabeth II, represented on the island by a Governor-General. Prime minister is Timothy Harris
Currency: East Caribbean dollar
National Dish: Stewed Saltfish with Spicy Plantains, Seasoned Breadfruit and Coconut Dumplings.
Brief history of the Island:
St Kitts and Nevis – 2 miles apart – Both islands were discovered by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World in 1493. Originally, Columbus named the larger island for his patron saint, Saint Christopher, but in the early seventeenth century, British settlers shortened the name to Saint Kitts. Columbus named the smaller neighbouring island Nuestra Señora de las Nieves (“Our Lady of the Clouds”) because the volcanic mountain in its centre usually was encircled by snowlike clouds. When the British arrived, they altered the spelling to Nevis.
The inhabitants of the two islands are referred to as Kittitians (or Kitticians) and Nevisians, respectively.
One of the most cherished traditions in our treasure chest of cultural riches is our carnival at Christmas time, when our Clowns, Moko-Jumbies, Masquerade, Bull, and Actors parade in a joyous display of island pride. The music of Saint Kitts and Nevis is known for a number of musical celebrations including Carnival (December 17 to January 3 on Saint Kitts). The last week in June features the St Kitts Music Festival, while the week-long Culturama on Nevis lasts from the end of July into early August.
With its rich soil, St. Kitts and Nevis grow a wide variety of fresh produce. Abundant seafood and meats such as goat add to the diet. The style of cooking is fairly simple, flavored much like other West Indian cuisine. Many villages on Nevis hold cookouts on Friday and Saturday nights, where people come together to eat, drink, play games like dominoes, and have a good time.
Facts about the Island:
- St Kitts is larger than Nevis.
- Kitts and Nevis has only 2 airports (Nevis airport and St. Kitts airport).
- Kitts’ economy is based largely on sugar cultivation and tourism.
- They have white beaches and black volcanic beaches depending on what side of the island you are on.
- Nevis is surrounded by coral reefs and is almost a single mountain with a height of 3,232 feet.
Famous people from the Island
Christene Browne – filmwriter, producer.
Derick Parry – Cricketer.
Desai Williams – Olympic medalist, sprinter.
Erasmus James – Footballer
Stanford Lewis – Writer
Kim Collins- sprinter
Alexander Hamilton first US secretary of the Treasury, economist, political philosopher
Picture of the Island:
Photos from http://www.viator.com/St-Kitts-and-Nevis/d37