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St. Kitts-Nevis - Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis

Capital: Basseterre
Language: English and Patois
Religion Christianity
Currency East Caribbean dollar

St. Christopher (Kitts) - Nevis is two islands in East Caribbean separated by a narrow channel 3.2 km wide. The islands were given the status of an Associate State of the UK in 1967 and became independent on September 19, 1983. At the time Anguilla was part of St. Kitts-Nevis. The Anguillns revolted against this arrangement and Anguilla was separated. Nevis has the right of secession.

In August 93, the 62% of people of Nevis (population: 9000) voted in favour of leaving the federation, but failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed for succession.

The population is mostly black. The economy is agricultural, cotton and sugar being the principal crops. Industries: Sugar, construction, clothing, tourism.

St. Lucia

Capital: Castries
Language:English and French patois
Religion: Christianity
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar

St. Lucia, in Eastern Caribbean, is the second largest in the Windward group. Volcanic in origin. St. Lucia was ceded to Britain by France in 1814. Self-government was granted in 1967. it became independent on February 22, 1979. There is a 17-seat House of Assembly. The economy is agricultural, coconut, bananas, and cocoa being the main crops. Manufacturers include soap, plastics, garments and beer.

St. Vincent & The Grenadines

Capital: Kingstown
Language: English and French Patois
Religion: Christianity
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar

One of the Windward Islands, west of Barbados, St. Vincent became a British Associated State in 1969 and achieved independence on October 27, 1979.

St. Vincent (345 sq. km), chief island of the chain, is dominated by the volcano La Soufriere (it erupted in 1979). The Grenadines is a chain of islets with a total area of 43 sq. km.

The population is of mixed origin, European-Negro and Carib-Indian. Bananas, arrowroot, copra, sea island cotton and spices are main products.

Industry: Food processing, electronics equipment assembly, garments, tourism.





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