home A group of islands in the North Lesser Antilles of
the West Indies extending from Puerto Rico SE to Martinique. A
former British colony in the E West Indies consisting of Antigua,
Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, Montserrat, and the British
(WUD, 1994, p.817)
1493 Nov 11, Columbus
discovered Saba, North Leeward Islands.
(WUD, 1994 p.1257)(MC, 11/11/01)
1958 Jan 3, The British
created the West Indies Federation with Lord Hailes as governor
general. The federation lasted to 1962. It included Barbados,
Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago and the Windward and Leeward Islands.
(HN, 1/3/99)(WUD, 1994, p.1623)
1962 May 31, The West Indies
Federation, made up of Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, and
the Leeward and Windward Islands, broke up after 4 years following
Jamaicaís passage of a referendum to end the alliance.
(Econ, 6/2/12, p.47)
1997 Jun 18, It was reported
that Japan was paying 5 Caribbean nations extensive aid and
investment in order to gain support to block protections for
endangered species. Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent, St.
Lucia and Dominica were all reported to have been bribed.
(SFC, 6/18/97, p.A8)
2006 Jun 16, The Intíl. Whaling
Commission met in St. Kitts.
(Econ, 6/17/06, p.15)
2008 The population of St.
Kitts stood at about 40,000.
(Econ, 2/2/08, p.46)
2010 Aug 30, Hurricane Earl
lashed the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and strong winds,
causing flooding in low-lying parts of the Leeward Islands as it
rapidly intensified into a major Category 4 storm taking a path
projected to menace the United States. Earl passed just north of the
British Virgin Islands in the afternoon. By nighttime, the hurricane
was pulling away from the Caribbean, but heavy downpours still
threatened to cause flash floods and mudslides in Puerto Rico and
the Virgin Islands by drenching already saturated ground.
(AP, 8/30/10)(AP, 8/31/10)