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Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Land Area 261 km2
Total Area 261km2 (#187)
Population 52,329 (#208)
Population Density 200.49/km2
Government Type Federal Parliamentary Democracy (National Assembly) Under A Constitutional Monarchy; A Commonwealth Realm
GDP (PPP) $1.43 Billion
GDP Per Capita $25,500
Currency Dollar (XCD)
More Information Saint Kitts and Nevis
1400s
  • (1493) Christopher Columbus landed on islands; named St. Kitts after patron saint, Christopher
1600s
  • (1623) British established first colony on St. Kitts
  • (1626) British massacred 2,000 indigenous Caribs
  • (1628) British established colony on Nevis
1700s - 1800s
  • (1783) Claims to St. Kitts relinquished by France under Treaty of Versailles
  • (1871) St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla united as British dependency
1900s
  • (1932) Center-left Labor Party founded to campaign for independence
  • (1967) St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla became internally self-governing member of West Indies Associated States with Robert Bradshaw, Labor Party leader, prime minister
  • (1970) Nevis Reformation Party founded
  • (1971) Anguilla placed under direct British rule; followed rebellion against domination by St. Kitts
  • (1980) Anguilla granted constitution; union with St. Kitts and Nevis formally revoked
  • (1983) St. Kitts and Nevis attained independence within British Commonwealth, Kennedy Simmonds prime minister
  • (1993) Anti-government demonstrations occurred following general election
  • (1994) Anti-government riots by Labor Party supporters caused state of emergency to be declared
  • (1995) Prime Minister Kennedy Simmonds lost in general election; labor party leader Denzil Douglas became prime minister
  • (1997) Nevis legislators authorized referendum if island should secede from St. Kitts
  • (1998) St. Kitts and Nevis carried out first execution in 17 years, despite international protests; Hurricane George devastated St. Kitts and Nevis; referendum for Nevis secession failed
2000s
  • (2000) Denzil Douglas won second term as prime minister
  • (2003) Largest hotel complex in eastern Caribbean opened on Frigate Bay, St. Kitts
  • (2004) Denzil Douglas won third term as prime minister
  • (2005) 300-year old sugar industry closed
  • (2008) Charles Elroy Laplace hanged for murder, government hoped it would serve as deterrent against high levels of violent crimes
  • (2010) Denzil Douglas won fourth consecutive term as prime minist
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

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