Basseterre - the capital of Saint Kitts and Nevis
St. Christopher - that this was the firsta name that was the capital of St. Kitts and Nevis. The inhabitants of a small island nation, located in the West Indies, can be proud of the fact that the main city in the country is among the five oldest settlements in this part of the world.
And even though the population of the capital is just overeleven thousand people, its history, it leads to 1627. From the title it is clear that the base of the city have made the French arms, it is visitors from distant European countries so called main city of the colony. The modern name - Buster.
A special role in the development of the French colony and,Of course, it belongs to the center of Philippe de Longvileru de Puenzo. When in 1639 he was appointed French governor of St. Kitts, the city began to develop very rapidly. The new leader realized that the construction of a major port could significantly change the balance of forces in the region.
Very soon, Buster has become one of the largestCaribbean ports, received the status of the capital of the West Indies - the part which was under the protectorate of France. Philippe de Longviler de Puenzo served as governor until his death in 1660.
But the French were even a hundred years later expelled fromisland, but not the locals and the British. Historians note that Buster's - one of the most tragic stories, because the struggle for spheres of influence in the Caribbean did not stop, because of what the city many times suffered war damage (colonial wars).
Natural disasters also not spared by his side- Floods, earthquakes, hurricanes. Ironically, many of the historic center of the old buildings could not resist, they restored and are proud to show guests.
At the crossroads of cultures
Given such a complex historical path,frequent change of government, colonization, we can understand why in Basseterre interwoven styles and cultures of different peoples and times. Among the main attractions of the capital of Saint Kitts and Nevis tourists primarily distinguished:
- Buster Square, the most famous area;
- The building of Magistracy, built in the English style, with domes and turrets;
- Government House;
- Botanical Garden, laid out in honor of Queen Victoria.
The latter became a favorite place for walking not onlyguests and residents of the capital. Many of them took part in the planting of trees, shrubs, ornamental plants. Call record number of gardeners who worked on the landscape - 10 thousand people.