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About Nevis
A place of unspoilt beauty, perfect for getting away from the stress and strains of modern life. Small and serene, it is full of historical interest—birthplace of Alexander Hamilton who helped to draft the US constitution. Charlestown the capital retains much of its original character. Nevis is truly an island where nature reigns and there are several interesting nature trails and island exploration trips to be enjoyed.Also, fascinating wildlife experiences –birds and bats, sea turtles are just a few of the many animals to be viewed.
Nevis is famous for it’s wildlife. It has a wide variety of birds and is considered a premier birding spot. Several species of bats have been identified here and whale watching is an awesome experience. Sea turtles of several varieties abound in the seas and scuba diving is a popular sport enabling one to see the wonder of the seas off Nevis. Nature trails abound and hiking is popular with the visitor. On such hikes one can be exposed to a variety of medicinal plants which are popularly used on the island. Of course, Nevis is famous for its central peak soaring to 3,500 in height and which was the first sight to catch Columbus’s eye. The clouds on top of the mountain reminded him of snow and he called the island “Nieves”
Because of its’s colourful historical past, many of Nevis’s attractions are of a historical nature for instance the Hamilton Estate, the Church where Admiral Horatio Nelson married etc. Several museums such as the Horatio Nelson museum should be visited and the capital Charlestown is a charming reminder of an era past.Several old plantation houses and estates with interesting stories to be told about them are worth visiting, and a variety of old and interesting churches abound. The beaches and wildlife and nature attractions are also a drawing card for the visitor.
Nevis is well known as the birthplace of the celebrated American, Alexander Hamilton and was also the island where Admiral Nelson married Frances Nesit. In common with many of the islands Nevis was originally occupied by the Arawaks and Caribs and later discovered by Columbus in 1493. Later it became a source of conflict between the French and English. In 1783 it became a British possession. Became independent on September 19th 1983 and is linked with St. Kitts in a Federation. It is known as the Queen of the Caribees.

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