St Kitts and Nevis

  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The islands of St Kitts (formerly St Christopher) and Nevis were discovered and named by Columbus in 1493. They were settled by Britain in 1623 and 1628, but ownership was disputed with France until 1783. In Feb. 1967 colonial status was replaced by an ‘association’ with Britain, giving the islands full internal self-government. St Kitts and Nevis became fully independent on 19 Sept. 1983. In Oct. 1997 the five-person Nevis legislature voted to end the federation with St Kitts. However, in a referendum held on 10 Aug. 1998 voters rejected independence, only 62% voting for secession when a two-thirds vote in favour was needed. In Sept. 1998 Hurricane Georges caused devastation, leaving 25,000 people homeless, with some 80% of the houses in the islands damaged.


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Further Reading

  1. Statistics Division. National Accounts. Annual.—St Kitts and Nevis Quarterly.Google Scholar
  2. Dyde, Brian, St Kitts: Cradle of the Caribbean. 1999Google Scholar
  3. Hubbard, Vince, A History of St Kitts. 2002Google Scholar
  4. National library: Public Library, Burdon St., Basseterre.Google Scholar
  5. National Statistical Office: Statistics Division, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Church St., Basseterre.Google Scholar
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