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K i t t S PHOTOS COUrTESY OF ST. KITTS TOUrISM bOArd

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A ‘FERtiLE LAND’ by John Anderson

ABoVe: St. Kitts was an important base in the Caribbean. BeloW: Standing guard.

St. Kitts can claim some of the oldest settlements in the entire Caribbean.

BeginningS

into the Spanish Armada. Warner took

For centuries, the island of St. Kitts had

pity and allowed the French to settle on

been an attractive home to various Indian

the island, which made St. Kitts the first

tribes; its rich, productive volcanic soil

French colony in the Caribbean.

earned it the name Liamuiga, or “fertile land,” by the Carib people who arrived

The riCheST iSlAnD

around A.D. 1300. It was the northern-

St. Kitts changed hands numerous

most island in the Caribbean that the

times between the French and English

tribe would settle. St. Kitts’ central

throughout its early history until 1783,

location made it an important base for

when the Treaty of Versailles definitively

trade throughout the Caribbean.

recognized british rule. The island’s

On his second voyage to the New

economic fortunes were bolstered with

World in 1493, Christopher Columbus

a switch to raising sugarcane in 1640,

discovered the island and named it

eventually becoming the leading sugar

San Jorges. but inaccuracies in maps

producer in the Caribbean. but from

of the time made identifying the islands

the late 1800s on, profits from the sugar

difficult, and San Jorges became San

industry began a long, slow decline.

Cristobel (Columbus’ patron saint), which was later Anglicized to St. Christopher.

ToDAy’S iSlAnD

The FirST FrenCh Colony

island, Nevis, became an associated state

In 1967, St. Kitts, along with its sister In 1623, hungry for a foothold in the Caribbean, the Englishman Thomas Warner

of britain and attained full independence as a single nation in 1983.

landed on St. Kitts and claimed it as the

With its intriguing coves, excellent

first british territory in the West Indies; he

interior hiking paths, dramatic panoramas

established a colony a year later.

and palm-lined beaches, St. Kitts is a

In 1625, a French ship badly in need of

classic Caribbean destination.

repair appeared in the harbor. It had run 312

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