As is common in the Caribbean, St Kitts and Nevis has changed hands many times between the English and the French, leaving a legacy of towns bearing the names of both countries. On the other hand, the architecture is very Anglo-Saxon (Victorian style) with left-hand traffic and especially in downtown Basseterre: Circus Place the replica of the ‘Berkeley Memorial Clock’.
The islands became an associated state of the United Kingdom in 1967 with full internal self-government. The island of Anguilla rebelled and was allowed to secede in 1971. St Kitts and Nevis became independent in 1983. In 1998, the vote in Nevis on a referendum to secede from St. Kitts fell short of the necessary two-thirds majority.
There are also several old British fortifications that have been meticulously restored to their original design. St Kitts and Nevis will be developed in the near future. Many projects are underway or already completed including large docks to accommodate the largest liners and cruise ships with terminals, loading docks, etc.
What is truly remarkable about St Kitts and Nevis is the natural aspect. Many tropical birds that are hard to find elsewhere are present in large concentrations in the wild and there are also the famous monkeys, said to have been introduced by pirates. A brand new road takes you to the south-eastern end of St Kitts (Turtle Beach), where you can sense that there is a certain excitement in the air that makes this part of the island a popular place. All you have to do is venture into the undergrowth with a few fruits in hand to be surrounded by monkeys that come to feed you in a friendly manner. For the islanders, however, the monkeys are no great joy, for these pretty little hairy creatures raid the crops and poke around wherever they can.
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