Resolution J1105-2013

Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Independence of St. Kitts and Nevis



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 3, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Inde-
pendence of St. Kitts and Nevis

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize  and  pay
just  tribute  to  the  cultural  heritage  of  the  ethnic groups which
comprise and contribute to the richness and diversity of  the  community
of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to such concern, and in keeping with its time-ho-
nored traditions, it is the intent of this Legislative Body  to  commem-
orate  the  30th Anniversary of the Independence of St. Kitts and Nevis;
  WHEREAS, The people of this great State and nation and St.  Kitts  and
Nevis  enjoy  a  deep  and  abiding  relationship  rooted in kinship and
culture; and
  WHEREAS, The smallest nation in the  Americas,  St.  Kitts  and  Nevis
celebrates  its  Independence  Day  on September 19th of every year; the
country officially gained its independence from the  United  Kingdom  on
September 19, 1983; and
  WHEREAS,  Christopher  Columbus  on  his second voyage to the Americas
landed on the islands in 1493, and named it "Saint Kitts"  in  honor  of
his  patron  saint,  Saint  Christopher; it was in 1623 when Saint Kitts
became Britain's first territory in the West Indies as Nevis  was  later
colonized in 1628; and
  WHEREAS,  The  French  also  arrived to Saint Kitts and settled at the
town of Basseterre; the French and British  had  amicably  shared  Saint
Kitts  for  a  while, however, by the mid-17th century sporadic fighting
between the two had ensued; and
  WHEREAS, Prior to these successful colonies, French Huguenot  refugees
tried  to  set up as far back as 1538, only to be raided by the Spanish;
  WHEREAS, In 1664, the French forced the British from Saint  Kitts  and
in  1689,  the French were driven out by the British; for a brief period
in the early years of the 18th century, the French forces reclaimed  the
island and they did this again in 1782; and
  WHEREAS,  However,  in 1783, France finally gave up its claim on Saint
Kitts to Great Britain by signing the Treaty of Paris; and
  WHEREAS, Since that time, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, and the  Brit-
ish  Virgin Islands were governed as a single colony by the British; the
Leeward Islands Federation  joined  together  Saint  Kitts,  Nevis,  and
Anguilla as a British dependency in 1871; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1967,  Saint Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla became an auton-
omous member of the West Indies Associated States;  the  British  placed
Anguilla  under its direct rule in 1971, and in 1980, Anguilla was offi-
cially removed from the dependency; and
  WHEREAS, The 30th Anniversary of St. Kitts  and  Nevis's  Independence
provides  an  opportunity  to recognize the significance of its contrib-
utions to the quality and character of life,  and,  through  events  and
activities, for all people to gain a greater appreciation of its history
and  traditions,  and  of  the  role it has played, and will continue to
play, in our society; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity  to
recognize  such  events  of  significance  which foster ethnic pride and
exemplify the cultural diversity that  represents  and  strengthens  the
fabric of the people and the State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 30th Anniversary of St. Kitts and Nevis.


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