The 2015 hit Broadway play “Hamilton” revealed the Caribbean roots of American Revolutionary War leader and founding statesman Alexander Hamilton to a new generation of Americans.
But the play never mentions Nevis (instead of describing Hamilton as “born on a Caribbean island”). Yet Hamilton’s experiences in his hometown produced profound influences that shaped his historical trajectory.
On July 22, the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, in conjunction with the Nevis Historical & Conservation Society, will unveil “Alexander Hamilton as a Young Man”, a statue by sculptor Benjamin Victor, at the Nevis Museum of History.
Festive events showcasing the facility, including historic talks, traditional Caribbean meals, themed cocktail parties and special island tours, will take place on Nevis from July 18-23. Nevis luxury hotels and local accommodation options will be offering incentives and packages to visitors during the week.
Victor is the only living artist to have exhibited two works in the United States Capitol’s National Statuary Hall, according to Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA) officials.
His creation embodies events related to Hamilton’s upbringing in Nevis, which inspired the Caribbean native’s worldview and provided the impoverished youth with the skills and background necessary to provide much-needed service to his new nation during his days. founders.
“Some find it hard to imagine that such an influential figure in American history hailed from our little Caribbean paradise,” said Devon Liburd, acting CEO of NTA.
“But I like to think his rise to success from such humble beginnings is a direct reflection of the strength and resilience of the people of Nevisian,” he said.
Hamilton’s legacy lives on in Nevis. Visitors can walk in the footsteps of Hamilton’s childhood at his 1757 birthplace, Hamilton House in Charlestown, the island’s capital, where it’s easy to walk around.
The two-storey Georgian stone building now houses the Nevis History Museum. The building also serves as the official chambers of the Nevis House of Assembly.
Sites in or near Charlestown include historic churches, the city’s harbor and the site of its former slave-trading block, as well as original buildings once used to house enslaved Africans, all of which existed during Hamilton’s youth on the island.
The future American leader endured a difficult youth, born out of wedlock to Rachel Faucette, a married woman of British and French Huguenot descent, and James A. Hamilton, a Scot. Hamilton was orphaned when his mother died in 1768, leaving him penniless.
As the Broadway play and historical details recorded, Hamilton responded to his difficulties with a determination and tenacity that eventually brought him to the United States, where he attended King’s College (now Columbia University ) in New York in his late teens and began to forge his remarkable political career.
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