"Nevis - The Queen of the Caribbean" Nevis by MikeAtSea
Nevis Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 49 photos
The Narrows, a scant two-mile-wide strait, separates St. Kitts and Nevis. The sisters were probably once a single land mass, but time, erosion and rising sea levels have separated them. St. Kitts is by far the larger of the two and is an enticing place filled with velvety green mountains, broad sugarcane fields, and fringed by inviting beaches. Nevis Peakis lower, but the island has similar features and it is a little easier to navigate. Also a place of verdant hills, its tiny secluded coves and inlets feature pink sand beaches – the color comes from the coral compo-nents.
Columbus discovered both islands during his second voyage in 1493. Carib tribes were already living inthe islands, so the European fleet, seen as an invasion force, did not exactly get a favorable welcome. To the Caribs, the island was Liamuiga (the fertile place), a reference to the rich volcanic soil that nurtures sustained bountiful harvests. The name has been adopted for St. Kitts’ central volcano, also known as Mount Misery. The crater towers more than 3,750 feet above the island.
British communities sprang up on Nevis, Barbuda, Tortuga, Antigua, and Montserrat as French settlers claimed Martinique and Guadeloupe. Tobacco farmer Anthony Hilton led one colonial expedition to Nevis where he hoped to establish a plantation. Unfortunately, John Smith’s Jamestown (Virginia) colony was already out-producing Caribbean farms, and the industry fell on hard times. Later, a large contingent of Sephardic Jews migrated from Brazil, and sugar refining and growing methods were introduced. Soon, the island had a thriving sugar industry, andwas known as “Queen of the Caribbees.” Pirates heard about the valuable cargo, and raids were common place. Nevis’ fortunes began to falter. By the mid-17th century, occasional factional hostilities erupted into intermittent warfare.
Today Nevis is a vibrant island with African charm and friendly warm people. Beautiful beaches with rainforests, diving and water sport make it one of the less travelled of the Caribbean islands - but a jewel it is!
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