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Basseterre is the capital and largest city of Saint Kitts and Nevis with an estimated population of 14,000 in 2018.

Basseterre was founded in 1627 by the French and it served as the capital of the French colony of Saint-Christopher.

The city of Basseterre has one of the most tragic histories of any Caribbean capital, destroyed many times by colonial wars, fire, earthquakes, floods, riots and hurricanes. Despite all of this, a considerable number of well-restored buildings still exist in downtown Basseterre.

Basseterre is a small city that is laid out in a grid pattern with two centers at The Circus, which is geared towards tourism, and the Independence Square, which contains the cathedral, courthouse and most of the older buildings.

Despite its small size, Basseterre played host to Carifesta VII (the Caribbean Festival of Art) in 2000, outbidding rivals many times its size. The city was able to outbid the United States of America to host matches for the 2007 World Cricket Cup. This made St. Kitts and Nevis the smallest country in the world ever to host a World Cup event.

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