The island of Nevis is home to some of the most beautiful beaches, hotels and views in the Caribbean. The people of Nevis are always kind and hospitable to visitors, taking it as a point of pride to make guests feel welcomed. With plenty of fantastic activities to do both on land and in the water, Nevis is the perfect getaway for those looking to relax in the sun.
A lesser known, but no less interesting fact about the island is that it is the birthplace and home of one of the founding fathers of the United States, Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton was born in the capital, Charleston, in 1757, with his birthplace serving as one of the island’s two museums as well as the meeting room for the Nevis House of Assembly.
Hamilton, remembered for his stance against the slave trade, fought for equality for those who didn’t have a voice of their own. The life of Alexander Hamilton is, of course, the inspiration behind the now internationally acclaimed Broadway musical “Hamilton.” Written by the original star of the musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda, brings Hamilton to life for a modern audience, using rap and hip-hop to tell the story of the famous figure.
Dive into the fascinating, real-life origins of Hamilton on the idyllic island that moulded him into the man millions have watched on stage. Attractions like the Museum of Nevis History provide a compelling introduction to Hamilton’s early and family life, as well as an in-depth exploration of the destinations pre and post-colonial history. Celebrate the dynamic culture of Nevis, with its mix of British and African influences, during any of its many festivals and carnivals, typically heralded by the presence of stilt-striding masked harlequins!
Those drawn to Nevis by the lure of learning more about Hamilton’s story always leave with another story to tell: that of an idyllic paradise with a proud artistic and cultural tradition that has endured and flourished over the centuries. Those that come to Nevis in search of breathtaking beaches, resplendent nature, and luxury comforts will find it with little difficulty. Those that come in search of history will find much more than they bargained for, experiencing traditions and revelry that have persisted since the time of Hamilton.
Western Canadians looking to catch Hamilton on stage can do so until July 31 at the Jubilee Auditorium, but all Canadians should consider catching a post-Covid flight to Nevis to experience its beauty for themselves.