Updated: Sep 18, 2022
Saint Kitts and Nevis, officially the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis.
Saint Kitts and Nevis are two Caribbean Sea tropical islands that are part of the Leeward Islands. They are located about 400 kilometers east of Puerto Rico. It shares maritime borders with Antigua and Barbuda, Sint Maarten (Netherlands), Venezuela, Montserrat (United Kingdom), and Saint Barthélemy (France).
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Reason for Naming the country
The Kalinago, who first occupied the island, named it Liamuiga, which approximately translates as "fertile land." Mount Liamuiga, St. Kitts' highest point, bears the name. The pre-Columbian name of Nevis was Oualie, which means "country of lovely waters." It is believed that Christopher Columbus, the first European to visit the islands in 1493, named the bigger island San Cristóbal after Saint Christopher, his patron saint and the patron saint of travelers. Whatever the origin of the name, the island was fully recorded as San Cristóbal by the 17th century.
The early English colonists retained the English version of this name and named the island St. Christopher's Island. In the 17th century, a frequent nickname for Christopher was Kit(t), hence the island became known as Saint Kitt's Island, eventually abbreviated to Saint Kitt's.