Saint Kitts and Nevis

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Also known as:

Mother Colony of the West Indies (Source: Countries of the world, Internet ed.)

Motto:

Country above Self

Location:

St. Kitts and Nevis is located in the Leeward Islands group in the Eastern Caribbean. A channel of about 3.2 km in width separates the two islands.

History:

Originally settled by Caribs, and by the British in 1623 who fought with the French for possession. The island was finally ceded to Britain in 1783 and gained independence in 1983.

Status:

Independent - 19 September 1983

Capital:

Basseterre

Area:

269 km2 (104 square miles)

Population:

55,000 (IMF Estimate 2010)

Currency:

Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$)

Airports:

Robert Llewlyn Bradshaw International (St. Kitts)
Vance Amory International (Nevis)

Date of joining CARICOM:

26 July 1974

 

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