Nevis - Much More than the Birthplace of Alexander Hamilton / by JD Andrews

Where is Nevis?

Nevis is located in the Caribbean Sea, West Indies, and is the sister island of the more 'well-known' Saint Kitts. But both islands make up one country: the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Island groups: AntillesLesser AntillesLeeward Islands - Area: 35.91 sq miles (getting very technical)

Most arrive by plane in Saint Kitts and will take the quick seven-minute boat ride, crossing the two-mile Narrows, to Nevis.

Nevis is known for its many beautiful beaches and rich history. More recently it's becoming more famous as the birthplace and early childhood home of Alexander Hamilton.

A statesman and one of the founding fathers of the United States and the subject of the Broadway Musical, Hamilton.

The Museum of Nevis History located in Charlestown, is a restored Georgian building where Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1757.

Visit The Hamilton Estate

Nevis is the place where Horatio Nelson was stationed as a young sea captain, and is where he met and married a Nevisian, Frances Nisbet, the young widow of a plantation-owner.

Nevis was at one time was the highest-producing colony for sugar in the entire West Indies

What's in a Name? I was told: Christopher Columbus named the island Nevis because it looked like a snow capped mountain (Due to the low clouds surrounding the volcano known as Nevis Peak at its center - (985 m / 3,232 ft) and the Spanish word for snow is nieves.

According to the internet: "The island was named Oualie ("Land of Beautiful Waters") by the Caribs and Dulcina - "Sweet Island" by the early British settlers. The name, Nevis, is derived from the Spanish, Nuestra Señora de las Nieves (which means Our Lady of the Snows); the name first appears on maps in the 16th century."

One side of the island has black beaches while the other has white.  Due to a mixture of white coral sand with brown and black sand which is eroded and washed down from the volcanic rocks that make up the island.

Very Wild - There are more monkeys on this island than people and lots of wild Donkeys, Horses
and Goats

You can visit the famous Volcanic hot springs, the Bath Spring near Bath village, just south of the capital Charlestown

Go See The Beautiful Botanical Gardens of Nevis

Visit Cottle Church

The island is known for “goat water,” a stew usually made from the neck bones and meat of goats which sounds interesting (terrible) but in fact is VERY good (I’m told)

Take a Funky Monkey Tour

I stayed at the historical Hermitage Plantation Inn

The unofficial flag of Nevis

More interesting Facts about Nevis:

Built in 1643, St. Thomas Church is the oldest active Anglican Church in the Caribbean

Nevis got its independence from Britain In 1983

Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)

People from Nevis are called Nevisians

Nevis has the Caribbean’s oldest colonized territories

Nevis is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas and smallest country in the America both in area and population

 

Disclosure: Nevis Tourism hosted my trip but as always, all of the opinions expressed here are my own.