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Historic St. Kitts

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Sugar, slavery, and the colonial legacy of constant sparring partners England and France are all woven into the history of St. Kitts, where a still formidable (and highly Instagram-able) hilltop fortress has stood guard for more than 300 years.
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Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis
A stroll of St. Kitt’s capital, whether started at Port Zante Marina or the centrally located Independence Square, is an entertaining way to learn more about the island’s past. While the French named Basseterre (it means “low...
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St Kitts & Nevis
In the 17th century, the British and French were fierce rivals for control of St. Kitts. The only thing that eventually brought them together was the existential threat of an attack by the island’s native Carib inhabitants—a fear so...
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Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis

Perched high above the sea on the east coast of St. Kitts is Brimstone Hill, a massive stone fortress built by African slaves for the British during the 17th and 18th centuries. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the military stronghold, which took...

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Half Way Tree, St Kitts & Nevis
Place names in the Caribbean tend toward the literal, with this small town being a good example. The “half way” refers to the fact that the village served as the border when the English and French shared control of St. Kitts....
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E Independence St, Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis

Dedicated in 1928 after an earlier church was razed and rebuilt, the Immaculate Conception Co-Cathedral is typical of Catholic architecture, with two cross-topped towers, a central rosette window, and a cruciform layout. The church is open for...

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Independence Square lies at the busy center of St. Kitts’ capital city, Basseterre. Known as Pall Mall Square prior to the island’s independence in 1983, it’s always been the center of commerce—albeit a darker business...
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Bay Rd, Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis

This comprehensive museum, which was dedicated in 2002, is housed in St. Kitts’ historic treasury building. Constructed from hand-cut limestone in 1894, the building is still known as the gateway to Basseterre, thanks to its imposing size....

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Old Road Town, St Kitts & Nevis
Led by Sir Thomas Warner, the first British settlers in St. Kitts landed in Old Road Bay in 1624, after failing to create a settlement in Guyana. They set up Old Road Town to raise and trade tobacco and, for a brief period, lived in peace with the...
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Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis
To say St. George’s has a rough past is an understatement. It was christened as Notre Dame Catholic Church in 1670 by French Jesuits, then burned down by the English, who rebuilt it as St. George’s Anglican Church in the early 18th...
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Adjacent to Romney Manor and the Caribelle Batik factory, Wingfield Estate is a former sugar plantation dating back to the mid-1600s. Here, you’ll find ruins of the rare St. Kitts sugar mills, which were powered by water instead of wind....