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City of Charlestown

Date of Submission: 17/09/1998
Category: Cultural
Submitted by:
David Robinson(Ministry of Education, Labour and Social Security- P.O.Box 333, Cayon St. Basseterre)
Coordinates: Island of Nevis
Ref.: 1117

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Charlestown was established around 1660 and soon thereafter became the capital of nevis and seat of the Leeward Islands Government until the mid-1720's. Situated on the coast and site the best anchorage in Nevis, the town boasts many 19th century buildings. Georgian architecture is the prevalent type with about half of the existing structure coming from the 1850 to 1900 period. Charlestown continues to be the center of Nevis commercial activity and business center. New construction is being consictent with prevaling architectural style. The population is about 2000 people.