14 Facts About Basseterre


Geographically, the Basseterre port is located at, on the south western coast of Saint Kitts Island, and it is one of the chief commercial depots of the Leeward Islands.

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Basseterre is one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean.

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Basseterre was founded in 1627 by the French, under Sieur Pierre Belain d'Esnambuc.

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City of Basseterre has one of the most tragic histories of any Caribbean capital, destroyed many times by colonial wars, fire, earthquakes, floods, riots, and hurricanes.

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However, the name Basseterre is due to the fact that the island is on the lee of winds of the island, and is thus a safe anchorage.

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Basseterre is surrounded by the Olivees Mountains to the north and the Conaree-Morne peaks to the east.

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Basseterre is a small city that is laid out in a grid pattern.

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Basseterre is the main commercial and industrial centre of St Kitts.

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Basseterre is home to two private, for-profit medical institutions founded by Robert Ross: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and the International University of Nursing.

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City of Basseterre has established itself as a financial centre in the Eastern Caribbean.

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Basseterre is a hub for all major roads on the island of St Kitts.

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Deep Water Harbour in Basseterre is capable of both hosting and berthing of cruise ships or the handling of cargo.

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Robert L Bradshaw International Airport serves the city of Basseterre and is located in the city's most North Eastern area.

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The railway lines, originally built to transport sugar cane to the central sugar factory in Basseterre, are now used to transport tourists via the St Kitts Scenic Railway, which currently runs from Sandy Point to Basseterre.

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