St. Kitts invaded by the French who capture Forts Thomas and Smith. The militia retreat to Brimstone Hill. The French demand and obtain a ransom, then sail to Nevis and likewise hold the inhabitants to ransom.
A French naval squadron is chased off by the guns at Brimstone Hill
Abolition of the slave trade in the British empire.
Markus 'King of the Woods' an escaped slave wages a guerrilla war against the plantations
Emancipation of slaves declared in the British colonies, but under a 4 year apprenticeship system (except in Antigua) of virtual slavery in order to facilitate a transition for the planters. There is a revolt in St. Kitts, for full freedom, quelled by troops and marines from a British warship.
Emancipation of slaves in St. Kitts.
1835 & 1843
Hurricanes inflict considerable damage to the Fortress
Brimstone Hill Fortress evacuated and abandoned as a British military fortification. Furniture and buildings auctioned. Cannon removed to be sold as scrap.
Fire destroys much of Basseterre. Afterwards a town rebuilt to improved design, water supply developed and a Fire Brigade established.
Federation of the Leeward Islands of Antigua, Barbuda, Dominica, Montserrat, and St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla established by (British) Parliament.
Disastrous flood in Basseterre more than 200 lose their lives.
St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla established as one presidency within the Leeward Islands colonial administration.
Establishment of the St. Kitts- Nevis Defence Force.