Nevis, is a small
island in the Caribbean Sea that forms part of the inner arc
of the Leeward Islands chain of the West Indies. Nevis and the
neighbouring island of Saint Kitts constitute one country: the Federation of Saint Kitts and
Nevis is located near the northern end of the Lesser Antilles
archipelago, about 350 km east-southeast of Puerto Rico and 80 km west
of Antigua. Its area is 93 square kilometres and the capital
is Charlestown. Saint Kitts and Nevis are separated by a
shallow 3-kilometre channel known as "The Narrows". Nevis is
roughly conical in shape with a volcano known as Nevis Peak at its
centre. The island is fringed on its western and northern coastlines by
sandy beaches which are composed of a mixture of white coral sand with
brown and black sand which is eroded and washed down from the volcanic
rocks that make up the island.
Population of the island is about 11,000 persons. [R1]
Nevis, a British colony in
the Leeward Islands, began using stamps in
1861. Between 1890 and 1903 it used the stamps of Leeward Islands.
Between 1903 and June 1980 it used the stamps of St. Kitts Nevis (S:t
Christopher Nevis Anguilla from 1952) and Leeward Islands (until 1956).
However, although Nevis island still remained part of the nation of St.
Kitts Nevis, in June 1980 a separate postal administration was
established on the island and it began producing its own sets of Nevis
Official stamps of
Nevis related to Paleontology: dinosaurs
and other prehistoric animals, Charles Darwin