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Nevis (pronounced / (KNEE-viss)) is an island in the Caribbean, located near the northern end of the Lesser Antilles archipelago, about 220 miles (350 km) southeast of Puerto Rico and 50 miles (80 km) west of Antigua. The 36 square-mile (93 kmē) island is part of the inner arc of the Leeward Islands chain of the West Indies. The capital of Nevis is Charlestown.

Nevis, along with Saint Kitts, forms the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The two islands are separated by a shallow 2-mile (3.22 km) channel, known as "The Narrows". Nevis is conical in shape, with a volcanic peak, Nevis Peak, at the centre. The island is fringed on the Western and Northern quadrants by golden sandy beaches that are composed of a mixture of white coral sands as well as brown and black sand eroded and washed down from the land. There are visible wave breaking reefs to the Northern and Eastern shorelines. To the South and West the reefs are located at deeper levels and are perfect for scuba diving. There is one swimming beach on the Southern Coast known locally as "windward beach" where the on shore waves are good for body surfing. The gently sloping coastal plain has natural fresh water springs, as well as non-potable volcanic hot springs, especially along the west coast.

The island was named Oualie ("Land of Beautiful Waters") by the Caribs and Dulcina ("Sweet Island") by the early British settlers. The name Nevis is derived from the Spanish Nuestra Seņora de las Nieves or Our Lady of the Snows, and first appears on maps in the 16th century. The majority of the approximately 12,000 citizens of Nevis are of primarily African descent. English is the official language, and the literacy rate, 98 percent, is one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere. Nevis is of particular historical significance to Americans because it was the birthplace and early childhood home of Alexander Hamilton. Of import to the British, Nevis is the place where Horatio Nelson as a young sea captain, was stationed, and where he met and married Frances Nisbet, a young plantation widow.