Posted by: danielfee | June 23, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 06-23-2013

St Kitts

Basseterre, St Kitts

St Kitts

Basseterre, St Kitts

St Kitts

Basseterre, St Kitts

 

The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis is a two-island state in the West Indies located in the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea. It is the smallest sovereign state, by both population and area, in the Americas. The capital city is Basseterre, on the larger island of Saint Kitts. The smaller island of Nevis lies about 2 miles southeast across a shallow channel called “The Narrows”. Saint Kitts and Nevis were among the first islands in the Caribbean to be settled by Europeans, with Saint Kitts being home to the first English and French colonies. However, five thousand years prior to European arrival, the island was settled by Native Americans. The last wave of Native American arrivals, the Kalingo people, arrived approximately three centuries before the Europeans. The islands were discovered by the Europeans through a Spanish expedition under Columbus in 1493.

The most famous person from Saint Kitts and Nevis was Alexander Hamilton, the first Treasury Secretary of the United States of America. Hamilton was born and grew up on Nevis. With little formal education, as a teenager he began clerking for an import-export company, Beekman and Cruger, and learned the fast-paced world of trading ships and fluctuating markets. His talent did not go unnoticed and a wealthy sponsor brought him to New York. By the time he was 22, Hamilton had risen from a store clerk in the Caribbean to become an aide-de-camp on General George Washington’s staff during the American Revolution. Following the war it was Hamilton, along with James Madison and John Jay, who penned the Federalist Papers in support of ratification of the U.S. Constitution. At the age of 34 Hamilton, was nominated by President George Washington to be the first Treasury Secretary of the new country. Not bad for an orphaned kid from the tiny island of Nevis.

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