St Kitts & Nevis: five centuries in two days

St Kitts & Nevis: five centuries in two days

St Kitts and Nevis may be the smallest independent nation in the Americas, but every inch of its landscape is roiling with history. Garry Steckles suggests a two-day tour covering five hundred years of Caribbean life in miniature, from the first British colonial settlement to the beginning of the tourism industry.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Photograph by  Colin D. Young/Shutterstock.com

Back and fort

The Caribbean’s history of wars and colonisation has left an extraordinary legacy of military architecture, some of it nearly five centuries old. Recognised today as historic sites, these forts and naval bases are a reminder of the often bloody past that shaped our present.

Dennis Bovell. Photograph by Clair Lawne

Dennis Bovell: Time will tell

No musician has had a greater influence on British reggae than Dennis Bovell. Plus a tribute to the late Masud Sadiki of St Kitts.

Yohan Blake is the current 100m world champion and one person who could take Usain Bolt’s Olympic crown. Photograph by © The Gleaner Company Ltd 2011

The Caribbean at the 2012 Olympic games

Kwame Laurence looks at the Caribbean athletes heading for the London Olympic Games, identifies the ones to watch, and weighs their chances of success.

The peacock feathers which adorn the headdresses of the Masquerade troupe are symbolic conduits to the spirit world. Photograph by Richard Lyder

Carnival at Christmas in St. Kitts

Mediaeval strolling mummers, French quadrilles and African rhythms…Simon Lee encounters the unique cultural traditions of St Kitts.

Samuel Santoy Barrett. Photograph by Michael Kuester

Nothing so sweet as Nevis String Band

You know you’re in Nevis when you hear that haunting bamboo fife. Simon Lee makes notes on the island’s native music.

Fairview Estate. Photograph courtesy the Estate Houses

History in the remaking

St Kitts and Nevis are leading the way in not only preserving heritage sites, but also making them more productive. Simon Lee paid a visit.

Caryl Philips. Photograph by Laurent Denimal

Caryl Phillips: “the arts are the window through which we see ourselves”

The reflections of British-Caribbean writer Caryl Phillips, as told to Lisa Allen-Agostini.

Kathy Davis models one of Judith Rawlin’s creations at the old sugar factory in St Kitts. Photograph courtesy Judith Rawlins, taken by GSquared Arts, St Kitts

A taste of brown sugar: Judith Rawlins

Designer Judith Rawlins is putting St Kitts on the fashion map. Laura Dowrich-Phillips looks through her racks of Caribbean casuals .

Musician Andy Narell playing Trinidad and Tobago`s national instrument -- the steelpan. Photograph courtesy Andy Narell

Happenings (March/April 2009)

A round-up of current events on the Caribbean calendar.

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