Alexander Hamiltonthe founding father at the center of the record-busting Broadway musicalgrew up on this tiny Caribbean island in the mids, when it was a British colony. He was born illegitimate, abandoned by his father and soon orphaned when his mother died, and these humble beginnings are said to have informed some of the political views that earned Hamilton a notable place in American history. Hamilton lived on Nevis as a young boy before moving to a neighboring island and then, around age 17to the U.
Christianstedalso called Bassinchief town and port of St. CroixU. Virgin Islandson the northeastern coast of the island.
With the award-winning musical Hamilton selling out on Broadway, there has been a resurgence in interest about the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. What many are surprised to learn is that Hamilton was actually born in the Caribbean, and lived right here in Christiansted, St. Croix for many of his formative years.
We covered that stuff in history class. No, the Hamilton I got to know here was the guy who spent his formative years, just like me, living and working in St. From to —— ages eight to 15 —— Hamilton called St. Croix home, working from the not-so-tender for the times age of nine as a clerk.
Alexander Hamilton lived on the island of St. Croix between and age Hamilton's mother Rachael died inwithin a year or two after his father James had left the island.
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With their golden beaches and crystal clear waters, the U. Many historic figures have visited or lived in the region Alexander Hamilton, anyone? Today, the scenic U.
Last month I made a visit to the U. Virgin Islands still in the midst of recovery from hurricanes Irma and Maria. The visit was strangely disquieting: I was in a place of great natural beauty, hoping to serve people in their rebuilding efforts, and yet I found that the experience highlighted the profound historic and social challenges that are unique to this place.
As Hamilton continues its wildly popular run on Broadway and takes theaters across the country by storm on tourwe pull back the curtain on the stage sensation and take a closer look at the formative years of its namesake on the quiet Caribbean island of Nevis. Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, or perhaps it was —historical records vary, and even Hamilton himself was unsure of his precise birth year on the small Caribbean island of Nevis, a body of land neighboring St. Kitts in the Lesser Antilles that was under British rule at the time and was known for its sugar plantations. Hamilton lived on Nevis until he was about seven or nine years old, but despite the idyllic setting, his boyhood was not easy.