Selections from An Account of the Late Dreadful Hurricane which happened on the 31st August 1772 also the Damage done in the islands of St. Christopher and Nevis, attempted to be Ascertained  (1772) that refer to properties that are now part of the town of Basseterre. The Court House in Basseterre torn from its foundations, the lumber of which was sold for 50 l. currency, though the building cost the country a thousand pounds sterling. Church partly unroofed; the parsonage house greatly injured, the new fences carried entirely away, most of the out houses eit..read more

Selection from Samuel Augustus Mathew The Lying Hero, or an answer to J. B. Moreton’s Manners and Customs in the West Indies (St. Eustatius, Edward L. Low and Co for the author, 1793), pp.58-60 At the great fire in 1776, it was supposed a number of robberies had been committed by the Negroes during the confusion the inhabitants were in, while endeavouring to save what they could from the flames: in consequence of which between thirty and forty, (of which I was one,) rode to the different estates in search of the thieves and what goods we could find:..read more

  Richard Cable was an Antiguan who had adopted the Methodist faith and later moved to St. Kitts with his family.  Cable was a prominent member of the board of Trustees of the Methodist church but his sons made different choices.  Richard’s grandson, Timothy, kept up the allegiance to the Methodist church. He was married and his children were baptized at the Wesley Chapel.   Cable started the St. Christopher Advertiser and Weekly intelligencer around 1782.  It was a weekly publication with its printing office on For..read more

G B  Blanc, civil engineer, reported to the  Executive Council as follows  I am also informed by old and intelligent men, who have lived all their lives in this locality that formerly the estates used to send gangs to keep the channel open and that College Street was before the opening of Victoria Road in recent times, the only road to Government House and St. Peter's parish, the water was always kept well over, as far as practicable, into Market gut.  Unfortunately by degrees the water course got encroached up on and planted up,..read more


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