Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis, officially known as the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, is an island nation located in the West Indies. Saint Kitts and Nevis has a population of about fifty thousand residents, and covers a total of slightly more than one hundred square miles. The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis is the smallest independent nation in the Americas, although some dependent territories have higher populations and larger areas. Saint Kitts and Nevis are two separate islands, divided by a small channel about two miles across. The original inhabitants of Saint Kitts and Nevis were Kalinago Indians, although they were eventually supplanted by European settlers as the rulers of the island. Christopher Columbus discovered the two islands in the year 1498, although a permanent settlement was not established until the early seventeenth century. Saint Kitts and Nevis was controlled by the French, British, and Spanish in turn, although the British controlled the islands until the nation gained its independence.
Saint Kitts and Nevis are both volcanic islands, and both have similar, tropical climates. Saint Kitts and Nevis have more fresh water than many Caribbean islands, including a number of rivers and one lake that originate in the mountains. The highest mountain in the nation, Mount Liamuiga, is nearly three thousand five hundred feet tall. Tourism is by far the most important component of Saint Kitts and Nevis’ economy, although there are also sectors in agriculture and manufacturing. There were nearly six hundred thousand visitors to the nation in the most recent tracking period, mostly drawn by the island nation’s stunning scenery, beautiful weather, and amazing beaches. Saint Kitts and Nevis have a unique island culture, which combines a number of different ethnic influences. Cricket is a popular sport in the island nation, as are soccer billiards, and track and field.