St Kitts and Nevis
Kids can learn a little about the Caribbean islands St Kitts and Nevis here, and enjoy our flag printables and colouring page.
View of St Kitts with Nevis in the distance
A Little about St Kitts and Nevis
- St Kitts and Nevis is located in the eastern Caribbean and consists of two volcanic islands, covered in rain forest and surrounded by coral reefs. The Federation of St Kitts and Nevis, independent since 1983, has the least land and smallest population of any country in the Americas with just 45,000 people.
- St Kitts has an extinct volcano whilst Nevis is shaped like a sombrero, both are surrounded by coral reefs.
- Basseterre, the capital, is the birthplace of Kim Collins, the former World Champion 100 metres sprinter.
- St Kitts was the first Caribbean island to be settled by Europeans, when the British arrived in 1623, followed by the French in 1626. St Kitts was a leading sugar producer with 68 plantations by 1775. Brimstone Hill Fortress, now a Unesco World Heritage Site, was designed by the British and built by African slaves. The strong defences led to St Kitts being named the 'Gibraltar of the West Indies'.
- American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton was born in Charleston, Nevis, before being sent to America in 1772 for his education.
- Amongst the wide variety of animals can be found green vervet monkeys, leatherback turtles and rare birds including brown pelicans and tiny hummingbirds. The large number of shipwrecks offshore attract many rays and barracudas.
- Locals enjoy eating stewed fish with dumplings , accompanied by spicy plantains and breadfruit.