Saint Kitts and Nevis History

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History

The islands of St Kitts (formerly St Christopher) and Nevis were discovered and named by Columbus in 1493. They were settled by Britain in 1623 and 1628 respectively, but ownership was disputed with France until 1783. They formed part of the Leeward Islands Federation from 1871 to 1956, and part of the Federation of the West Indies from 1958 to 1962. In 1967, the colonial status was replaced by an ‘association’ with Britain, giving the islands full internal self-government. St Kitts and Nevis became fully independent in 1983.[1]

Timeline

St. Kitts:
1624 - Under the jurisdiction of England
1625 - Under the jurisdiction of England and France jointly
1626 - England and France partitioned
1629 - Under the jurisdiction of Spain
1630 - England and France partitioned
1665 - Under the jurisdiction of France
1667 - England and France partitioned
1689 - Under the jurisdiction of France
1690 - Under the jurisdiction of England?
1697 - England and France partitioned
1705 - Under the jurisdiction of France
1713 - Under the jurisdiction of Great Britain
1983 - Gained Independence[2] [3]

Nevis:
1628 - Under the jurisdiction of England
1629 - Under the jurisdiction of Spain
1630 - Under the jurisdiction of England
1983 - Gained independence[3]

References

  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: West Indies,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1999.
  2. Christina K. Schaefer, Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas: a Complete Digest of the Records of All the Countries of the Western Hemisphere (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1998), 127. WorldCat 39622039; FHL Ref Book 929.11812 D26s.
  3. 3.0 3.1 History of Saint Kitts and Nevis in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 5 October 2015).