March 28, 2015

1502 SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS - Rush hour!

Located in the eastern Caribbean Sea, in the Leeward Islands, Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas, in both area and population. The islands were discovered through a Spanish expedition under Columbus in 1493, and was home to the first British and French colonies in the Caribbean, being titled "The Mother Colony of the West Indies." They are of volcanic origin, with large central peaks covered in tropical rainforest; the steeper slopes leading to these peaks are mostly uninhabited. The majority of the population on both islands (consisting primarily of descendants of western Africans) lives closer to the sea where the terrain flattens out. Agriculture is the principal economic activity, although tourism is of increasing importance.

Very different from socialite Barbados, or glitzy St Barts, 40 miles away, Nevis is a romantic island, dominated by a verdant, mist-shrouded volcano. A large number of donkeys are present on the island. They are used mainly for riding and transport, however, many are now wild. Wild donkeys roam the ruins of sugar estates, while vervet monkeys inhabit once-magnificent houses, abandoned by the British after the decline of the sugar industry in the 19th century.

About the stamp
The stamp depicts a detail (Saint Francis of Assisi receives the infant Jesus from Mary) of a painting by Peter Paul Rubens.   

Saint Kitts and Nevis - Wikipedia
Caribbean, Saint Kitts and Nevis - Tripadvisor

Sender: Sandra
Sent from ??? (Saint Kitts and Nevis), on 26.02.2015

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