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Once called “the Gibraltar” of the West Indies for its domination of 18th-century battles, Saint Kitts and Nevis honors its past. Saint Kitts and Nevis is a dual-island nation situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. It is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas, in both area and population. The country is a Commonwealth realm, with the British monarch (as of 2016, Elizabeth II) as its head of state. The capital city is Basseterre on the larger island of Saint Kitts. The smaller island of Nevis lies about 2 miles southeast of Saint Kitts across a shallow channel called The Narrows.

The islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis share several key characteristics, including volcanoes, and wild green vervet monkeys that inhabit the less populated ...

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