This Day in History

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A view of Nevis from the southeastern peninsula of St. Kitts.

St. Kitts was renamed St. Christopher and Nevis

On this day in Caribbean history on April 13, 1980 St Kitts. was renamed St. Christopher and Nevis.

On November 2nd, 1493 St. Kitts and Nevis was discovered and claimed for Spain by Christopher Columbus, and named Isla de San Jorge and Isla San Martin (later renamed Isla Nuestra Señora de Las Nieves).

In the 17th century Kit or Kitt, was a common nickname for the name Christopher and so the island was often informally referred to as “Saint Kitt’s island.”

Saint Kitts and Nevis is a dual-island nation situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Known for cloud-shrouded mountains and beaches, the larger of the 2 islands, Saint Kitts, is dominated by the dormant Mount Liamuiga volcano, home to a crater lake, green vervet monkeys and rainforest crisscrossed with hiking trails.

Its population as of 2013 according to the World Bank was 54,191.

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