Union Messenger

The 28th of January marks the 79th anniversary of the labour disturbances of 1935, better known as the Buckley’s Riots. Although the National Archives holds both the Daily Bulletin and the Union Messenger for that day, we chose to share with you the Union Messenger of the 31st January 1935 because it contains the editor’s version of the events. The editor/proprietor was J Matthew Sebastian and J.N. France was his assistant. The official version of […]

Journal for the Commissioners

Attached are two pages from the Journal for the Commissioners for the sale of the French lands 1726 to 1732. The Treaty of Utrecht 1713, gave St. Kitts to Great Britain. The French part of the island was considered part of the Royal Patrimony, which meant it as up to the King to dispose of it as he saw fit. A commission was sent to St. Kitts to deal with the matter. Their proceedings are […]

Earliest published Map of St. Kitts

This week’s gem is the earliest published map of St. Kitts and we are fortunate to have it in the National Archives. To make it easier to send this map, we cropped its wide boarders in the image attached. It was the work of Nicolas Sanson who has been called the father of French cartography. Modern cartography is said to have begun with the Dutch school, famous for fabulous decoration and colouring. A period of […]

“Early Masquerades”

The National Archives is the repository of records in various formats. These document the story of our people. A lot has been lost over the years, through disasters both natural and man-made. But fortunately some very valuable records have survived enough to fill the 2 vaults at Government HQ. We have a significant collection of reports, the most complete collection of newspapers published in St. Kitts, and a small but valuable reference library. There is […]