Saint Kitts and Nevis: History
Christopher Columbus lands on the islands and names them St. Kitts after his namesake St. Christopher.
The British establish settlements on the islands, soon to be followed by the French. The two countries would control the islands jointly until the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713.
The islands are definitively given to Britain in the Treaty of Paris, a few years after France tried to reclaim them.
The two islands, along with Anguilla, become a self-governing state in association with Great Britain. Robert Bradshaw is named prime minister and he leads the movement toward independence.
Anguilla leaves the association and is placed directly under British rule.
St. Kitts and Nevis are granted independence within the British Commonwealth.
The sugar industry is closed by the government because of losses.
The Paris Club agrees to restructure the islands debt, reducing interest payments by 90%.