When the sugar industry was developing on Nevis in the late 17th and 18th centuries, Sephardic Jews expelled from Brazil moved to Nevis. With the knowledge of a clandestine sugar refining process learned from the Spanish and Portuguese, their help greatly improved the sugar production capabilities of St. Kitts and Nevis. Along the way, a substantial community developed, and at one time represented about 25% of the population. They erected a place of worship and a cemetery. The walled-in cemetery still remains and many visitors of all religions find a visit here fascinating. The cemetery stands as testament to the fusion of different racial and ethnic groups in the development of Nevisian culture. There are 19 headstones dating from 1679, with inscriptions in English, Portuguese and Hebrew. Across the street from the cemetery is a long trail that leads back into an empty lot where some believe there might have been a synagogue.
Attractions & Landmarks, Parks, Gardens & Cemeteries