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Carib Indians occupied the islands for hundreds of years before the British began settlement in 1623. The islands became an associated state of the UK with full internal autonomy in 1967. The island of Anguilla rebelled and was allowed to secede in 1971. Saint Kitts and Nevis achieved independence in 1983. In 1998, a vote in Nevis on a referendum to separate from Saint Kitts fell short of the two-thirds majority needed. Nevis continues in its efforts to separate from Saint Kitts.


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Transportation

Airports World Ranking: 208
2 (2012)

Airports - with paved runways
Total 2
1,524 to 2,437 m 1
914 to 1,523 m 1 (2012)

Railways World Ranking: 131
Total 50 km
Narrow gauge
50 km 0.762-m gauge on Saint Kitts for tourists (2008)

Roadways World Ranking: 199
Total 383 km
Paved 163 km
Unpaved 220 km (2002)

Merchant marine World Ranking: 38
Total 152
By type
Bulk carrier 16, cargo 81, chemical tanker 4, combination ore/oil 1, container 2, liquefied gas 3, passenger 2, passenger/cargo 7, petroleum tanker 27, refrigerated cargo 4, roll on/roll off 4, specialized tanker 1
Foreign-owned
73 (Belgium 1, China 1, Egypt 1, Greece 2, India 2, Japan 2, Malaysia 1, Norway 3, Pakistan 1, Russia 13, Singapore 10, Turkey 18, UAE 8, UK 1, Ukraine 8, US 1) (2010)

Ports and terminals
Basseterre, Charlestown


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