Fodor’s Travel recently released a list of five reasons to visit Nevis right now. Number three on the list is: soak up some Caribbean history:
“The first written accounts of Nevis came from Columbus, who sailed past the island in 1493; in another 150 years or so, it became the most profitable British colony per capita, thanks to sugar. You can still get a feel for those times by visiting any of the several ruins, including those of the New River and Coconut Walk estates on the island’s east side. One popular site is the remains of Cottle Church, north of Charlestown, built by a wealthy planter so his family and slaves could worship together—which was illegal at the time. And U.S founding father Alexander Hamilton was born on Nevis; his childhood home (he left when he was 9) now houses the Alexander Hamilton Museum.”
This isn’t the first time that Nevis has been highly recommended by an international publication. In November 2012, Forbes published an article entitled “10 Reasons to Visit Nevis this Winter,” focusing on the many resort activities and beautiful scenery on the island.
Nevis is of course on the bucket list of most Hamiltonians because it is Hamilton’s birthplace. Although Hamilton only lived in Nevis until he was eight years old, some of his early experiences there, particularly his observations of the slave trade, may have shaped his later views on slavery.
The current Hamilton House is a replica of the original house, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1840.