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Basseterre

Basseterre, estimated population 13,000 in 2011, is the capital of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies. Geographically, the Basseterre port is located at, on the south western coast of Saint Kitts Island, and it is one of the chief commercial depots of the Leeward Islands. The city lies within the parish of Saint George Basseterre and the southern part of the parish of Saint Peter Basseterre.Basseterre is one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean. See Basse-Terre Island for the origin of the name.HistoryBasseterre was founded in 1627 by the French, under Sieur Pierre Belain d'Esnambuc. It served as capital of the French colony of Saint-Christophe, which consisted of the northern and southern extremities of the island of St. Kitts (the centre was yielded to Britain). When Phillipe de Longviliers de Poincy was made the French governor of St. Kitts in 1639, the town turned into a large, successful port, commanding Eastern Caribbean trade and colonisation.De Poincy then quickly made Basseterre capital of the entire French West Indies colony, which included the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, and remained so until his death in 1660. The city was made capital of the entire island of St. Kitts in 1727, following French expulsion from the island and full British control.
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Most accommodations in Basseterre cluster around the town's ferry terminal, offering beach access, ease of onward connection, and proximity to the best attractions in town. Choose from a handful of mid-range inns and guesthouses, or satisfy your budget by staying at a more affordable guesthouse. Nearby, to the east, the coastal settlement of Kittian Village also offers a few places to stay.
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