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General Information About St Kitts & Nevis
St. Kitts & Nevis, officially called the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, also known as Saint Christopher and Nevis. It is a country of two islands. Located in the Leeward islands chain of the Lesser Antilles. It is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas. The smallest in the size of the area as well as of the population. St Kitts and Nevis is a British Commonwealth realm. The British Monarch is the head of state. The British dependency of Anguilla was part of this union in history too. Saint Kitts and Nevis were the first islands in the Caribbean to be settled by Europeans. Both islands were the home of Spanish, British and French colonies. This is why St. Kitts & Nevis are also known as the Mother of Colony in the West Indies. Previously inhabited by Kalinago, Carib Indians, Saint Kitts was named Liamuiga. Preserved from Mount Liamuiga. Nevis's former name is Qualie, the land of beautiful waters. Christopher Columbus arrived on Nevis in 1493. He called the island San Martín. Later on, the Spanish colonialists called the smaller island Nuestra Señora de las Nieves and shortened the name to Nevis by British colonialists. Before, the island was also known as Dulcina, the sweet one. The economy on Saint Kitts and Nevis is quite growing. Dominated by tourism, agriculture and light manufacturing industries, the government started a sponsoring programme called: Citizenship-by-Investment. It allows foreigners to obtain the citizen status when investing into the countries Economy.