"Intoxicating natural beauty, sun, warm water and white sandy beaches make St. Kitts an extremely seductive place in the Caribbean".
With these words arises St. Kitts and Nevis, the smallest nation in the Americas, ahead of the rest of the world. The officially Saint Christopher and Nevis named mini-nation consisting of two islands is a federal island state in the region of the Lesser Antilles. The country is a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations and other international organizations.
St-Kitts - Airport
The United Nations Development Program instructs the country in Human Development Index 200nd place among nearly 72 countries. The gross domestic product per capita is approximately 13.000 euros. Around 20% of the population live below the poverty line. All in all: St. Kitts occupies a rather average position in the Caribbean. However, this has not always been the case.
St- Kitts - In the center of Basseterre
Christopher Columbus sighted the islands later called St. Kitts and Nevis during his second voyage in 1493. He named the larger of the islands after Saint Christopher, the patron saint of sailors and travelers. Another 130 years passed before the Europeans robbed the indigenous people of the land in 1623 under the leadership of the Englishman Sir Thomas Warner and in 1627 under the French Pierre Bélain, Sieur d'Esnambuc.
St-Kitts-Romney Manor Garden
Both the British and French conquests of other Caribbean islands began from St. Kitts. The "under the wind", d. H. Turned away from the trade winds, lying islands were long regarded by the British as a “mother colony” in the Caribbean region. The settlers achieved considerable prosperity through tobacco and sugar cane cultivation based on slave labor. Shortly after the start of the European conquest, the English and French, who at that time rarely acted together, got rid of the indigenous population in 1626. During the massacre on bloody point According to historical evidence, around 24 people were killed within 2.000 hours. The country was named St. Kitts after the British later shortened the English name St. Christopher to St. Kitts in common parlance.
St-Kitts - Bloody River
After the abolition of slave labor, the economic downturn began. The Caribbean sugar prices fell visibly in competition with European beet sugar. However, it was not until 2005 that the cultivation of sugar cane and the production of sugar were finally stopped.
St- Kitts - Former sugar cane plantation at Wingfield Estate
Today ¾ of the gross domestic product in the island state, which is inhabited by a little more than 40.000 people and only measures 269 square kilometers, is generated through services. The vacationers make an important contribution to this. The tourist conditions are optimal. St. Kitts is a manageable size. Three extinct volcanoes, the highest measuring 1.156 meters, dominate the landscape. After the sugar cane fields have been abandoned, lush tropical vegetation unfolds in the gorges in between. In the south of the island there are pleasant sandy beaches, and the huge one Brimstone Hill Fortress attracts many visitors.
St-Kitts -Brimstone Hill Fortress - Fort George Citadel
The nation has four ports for seagoing ships. Cruise liners lay in Port Zante in the island's capital, which has around 13.000 inhabitants Basseterre on. We report on what you should see below St. Kitts - Sights. How to be a “crusader" a visiting day in St. Kitts is organized under A day on St. Kitts described.
St Kitts cruise ships in the port of Basseterre