Trinity Palmetto Point Parish
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|Trinity Palmetto Point|
|Country||Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|Area||16 km2 (6 sq mi)|
|Population||1,692 (2001 est.)|
|Density||108.18 / km2 (280 / sq mi)|
The coastline of the parish consists of small strips of black volcanic sand with intermittent stretches of rocky shore. A backdrop of sheer cliffs line the entire parish coast. Two long projections, Bloody Point and Palmetto Point can also be found, and both proved to be quite significant to the British, housing two of the island's largest forts. The parish's villages are perched very near the coast, with the lowland terrain being used for agricultural purposes (mainly dominated by abandoned sugar estates), and the mountainous terrain overgrown with tropical forests. The unusually high grade of the land in this parish is responsible for its small amount of agricultural land per total area and also one of the lowest population densities on the island.
Towns and Villages
Capital - Palmetto Point
The capital of the parish is the village of Palmetto Point, home to the charming Trinity Anglican Church. The largest village is Challengers, locally renowned as the first village founded on the island by newly freed former African enslaved peoples. Other villages include Mattingley, Camps, Hummingbird, West Farm, Boyd's and Stone Fort, also known as Bloody Point, home of the infamous Kalinago Genocide of 1626.
Due to its close proximity to the capital city, Basseterre, yet away from the bustle, the parish has recently become a top-notch choice for the island's wealthy to reside, mainly in the high-price communities of Mattingley Heights, Hummingbird and West Farm. The main industry in the parish is uniquely that of education. The village of West Farm is home to three universities: The Robert Ross Nursing University, the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (St. Kitts), and the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. All were founded by American businessman Robert Ross, and the veterinary school was purchased by DeVry Education Group in 2003. The other main industry is tourism. The Trinity Inn, located in the village of Palmetto Point is a small complex of inexpensive flats. The Fairview Inn, nestled at the base of the mountains above the village of Boyd's was the island's first functioning hotel.
The RUSVM complex continues to grow, develop and improve, and is currently under a major expansion. Several residential halls were recently completed, and various other buildings are under construction.
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