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St. Kitts Capital City – Basseterre

I just returned last week from a week-long diving trip to the Caribbean. I’ve posted several  articles on my Energy and Healing site here but today, I want to share a short article about a land excursion that Peter I took to the island of St. Kitts.

Originally named Saint Christopher (Kit is a nickname for Christopher) this island was first seen by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the new world in 1493. One account states that he named the island for his patron saint. With the settlement of the island by both the English and the French, it became an important economic power when African slaves were brought in to work in the sugar industry here. Control of the island went back and forth between these two seventeenth century powers with many naval and land battles.

As part of the English attempts (and success) for military control, they built one of the largest forts in the Caribbean on Brimstone Hill. Fort George was established in 1690 and building continued on this site for one hundred years. Called the Gibraltar of the Caribbean, this fort provided an overlook to the sea and a way of protecting the British interests here. However, in 1782, the French laid siege to Brimstone Hill and were successful in capturing the compound until the Treaty of Paris restored it to British Rule in 1783. It is now a Unesco World Heritage site and a remarkable testament to the work of thousands of slaves. While slavery is a dark blot in the history of European colonialization, St. Kitts history does stand out as an early adopter of Emancipation which came to the island in 1835.

Today, St. Kitts’ population of 35,000 relies heavily on tourism and to a lesser degree on agriculture, manufacturing and construction, but it is a relatively poor economy with fewer resorts than many other Caribbean islands.

Our underwater experiences in St. Kitts told of it’s former colonial military history. We saw many three hundred year-old anchors.

Our land excursion took us to Romney Manor. It was originally owned by Samuel Jefferson, the great, great, great grandfather of Thomas Jefferson. It is now the home to  the Carabelle Batik Factory where Peter and I bought beautiful batik shirts

Smoke stack at Wingfield Estate

We also visited Wingfield Estate – a former sugar plantation.

Large pot for boiling sugar at Wingfield Estate

Finally, here are some shots from Brimstone Hill National Park.

Inside the Fort

Peter looking dapper

My next post will be about our land excursion to the island of Saba…

Best,

Cathy

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