“Where?!” That’s the question you’ll likely hear first when you mention in conversation that you’re traveling to Nevis. Unless you’re speaking to people who’ve seen Hamilton, of course—then they’ll likely remember that it’s the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton.
The small Caribbean island, on which you’ll find more monkeys than people, neighbors St. Kitts, its larger and livelier sister island to the north. When Christopher Columbus sailed past Nevis in 1493 during his quests in the New World, the island had already been known as Dulcina (“Sweet Island”) by the Arawak Indians, and Oualie (“Land of Beautiful Waters”) by the Carib Indians. Ironically, the name Nevis is derived from “Nuestra Señora de Las Nieves,” or, “Our Lady of the Snows”—apparently, the clouds that settle upon the top of Mount Nevis looked like snow to the sailors. But don’t worry, it’s highly unlikely snow will fall on Nevis.
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When on Nevis, Susan B. Barnes can likely be seen on the beach with a Killer Bee in-hand.