Sandy Point Town

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Map of Saint Kitts and Nevis showing location of Sandy Point Town in the upper left
Aerial view of the town of Sandy Point, showing the main road that encircles the island, and Brimstone Hill to the south

Sandy Point is the second largest town in the island of St. Kitts, Leeward Islands, Lesser Antilles. This town is situated on the north-west coast of St.Kitts and is the capital of Saint Anne Sandy Point Parish.

It is strongly believed that the area known as Sandy Point was the original landing point for the English sea captain and explorer, Sir Thomas Warner, in 1623. After being founded in the 1620s, the town became the commercial centre of St. Kitts and was one of the busiest ports in the region, as evidenced by the remains of the many former Dutch warehouses lining the shoreline, which once totalled over 300.

After 1727, when the bulk of commercial activity was moved to Basseterre, the town and its port slowly diminished in importance. In 1984, the port was closed entirely following the impact of Hurricane Klaus. Sandy Point has a population of 3,140.

The greatest evidence of the town's former wealth can be seen in Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park. The largest fortress ever built in the Eastern Caribbean by the British, this fortress was constructed to defend the town's port and the downhill fortress of Fort Charles (Saint Kitts), which in turn was the colony's second largest fortification.

Today, Sandy Point Town is an important industrial centre, manufacturing aeronautics equipment. It is also a tourism centre, home to the entrance way to Brimstone Hill (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the soon to be completed La Vallée Golf Course and Development. Nearby villages include Fig Tree, Half Way Tree and Newton Ground.

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Coordinates: 17°21′N 62°50′W / 17.350°N 62.833°W / 17.350; -62.833