of St. Kitts and Nevis
, two small Caribbean
islands forming one country, has grown mainly out of the West African
traditions of the slave
population brought in during the colonial period. French
colonists both settled the islands, and for a period of time the British imported indentured Irish
servants. The native Carib
, skilled warriors, defended their lands by attacking the colonies. But by 1782, the British had gained control of St. Kitts and Nevis, which they retained until granting the islands their independence in 1983. British influence remains in the country's official language, English, while some islanders speak an English-based Creole
. The influence of the French, Irish, and Caribs seems less pronounced.
The people of St. Kitts and Nevis are devoutly religious. Several historic Anglican
churches remain on Nevis, and fifty percent of the country's population still practices the religion. Most other people belong to another Christian
denomination, though there are some Rastafarians
followers. An old Jewish
cemetery on Nevis proves that there was once a Jewish population as well, but currently there is no active Jewish community in the country.
As in other Caribbean nations, the culture on St. Kitts and Nevis is festive and vibrant. Carnivals and celebrations play an important role in island life. At Christmas time, Carnival
is in full swing on St. Kitts. The opening gala takes place in mid-December, with... Read More