St. Kitts and Nevis: 10 Interesting Facts You Will Enjoy!
by Carolyn Lee Jul 8, 2019
Kittitians and Nevisians will agree that many interesting facts make home interesting. The history and culture of our country usually reward those willing to explore, with gems that will always make St. Kitts and Nevis a special place for them.
In this article, we explore a few fun facts about St. Kitts and Nevis. If you are into adventure and exploration, you may uncover even more fun facts during your time here!
- St. Kitts is the nickname for the saint that it was named after, Saint Christopher. Nevis was named as a result of its resemblance to a snow-capped mountain. The Spanish word for snow is nieves.
- During his exploration in 1943, Christopher Columbus met the Caribs who were already inhabiting the islands.
- St. Kitts was the first English colony in the Caribbean, earning it the title “The Mother Colony of the West Indies”.
- Historically, Anguilla was a part of the union which was St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla. Anguilla officially separated from the union of St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla in 1980.
- Green monkeys are a big part of the islands. They were allegedly brought to the islands from Africa by early French colonialists.
- “Goat water” is a delicious dish made from goat meat infused with various seasonings and spices. It is popular among Kittitians and Nevisians.
- Two major events that both locals and tourists look forward to annually are the St. Kitts Music Festival and the St. Kitts-Nevis Carnival (Sugar Mas).
- Although the islands are known for sugar, tobacco was the first crop that was cultivated for export. A tobacco plantation was started by the first English governor, Sir Thomas Warner.
- St. Kitts was formed from volcanoes. The volcanoes have been dormant for over 200 years. Evidence of their presence includes Mount Liamuiga and the grey or black sand beaches.
- Mount Liamuiga is the highest point (3,792ft) in the country.
While St. Kitts and Nevis is the smallest country in the Caribbean and the Americas, the warmth of our people and our dynamic culture are touted by those who visit our shores. Once here, you will uncover even more interesting facts during your time here. We look forward to welcoming you!