Saint Kitts-Nevis

officially Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis

Independent nation of the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean.

Area: 104 sq mi (269 sq km). Population (2002 est.): 46,200. Capital: Basseterre (on Saint Kitts). Most of the population is of African descent. Language: English (official). Religion: Protestantism. Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar. The islands
Saint Kitts, Nevis, and Sombrero
are of volcanic origin, with mountain ranges rising to 3,793 ft (1,156 m). The climate is tropical, and heavy vegetation covers most of the mountainous interior. The economy is based on agriculture. Sugar has long been the mainstay, and tourism is also important. It is a constitutional monarchy with one legislative house; its chief of state is the British monarch represented by the governor-general, and the head of government is the prime minister. Saint Kitts became the first British colony in the West Indies in 1623. Anglo-French rivalry grew in the 17th century and lasted more than a century. In 1783, by the Treaty of Versailles, the islands became wholly British possessions. They were united with Anguilla from 1882 to 1980 but became an independent federation within the British Commonwealth in 1983.

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