Next came the French; both the British and French sought to gain financial gain
from the sugarcane industry on the islands, which were well situated for growing
this crop. This led to a need for labor and the beginning of the slave trade from
Africa to these islands. Much like the British and French changed the culture upon
their arrival, so too did the arrival of the Africans. However, since the Europeans
maintained control, the French and British cultures dominated in many ways, although
African influences were also introduced.
Eventually the conflicts between the French and British ended with the British taking
full control and today many aspects of British culture are well engrained into the
national psyche. Even today the people of St. Kitts & Nevis speak English and
most of the population is Anglican Christian.
Although many aspects of the culture, including many of the more obvious cultural
aspects like language and religion, are based on British roots, today the culture
of St. Kitts & Nevis is more focused on the majority, who are the descendants
of the African slaves. With these people comes a distinct culture rooted in Africa
with vibrant music, dance, art, and foods. However, their lifestyle also reflects
the lifestyle of the islands for centuries as the people still work primarily in
the agricultural industry, but the services industry is rapidly expanding as tourism
is increasing and ever-changing the people, country, and culture.