As often happened during Carribean history, St-Kitts and Nevis changed hands between between the English and French many times, leaving behind a heritage of cities with names from both countries. The architecture around the islands is Anglo-Saxon (Style Victorian) themed, and as the English do, the population drives on left side of the road. The islands became an associated state of the United Kingdom with full internal autonomy in 1967. The island of Anguilla rebelled and was allowed secession in 1971. Saint Kitts and Nevis achieved independence in 1983.
The islands are home to many rare tropical birds and monkeys which are said to have been introduced by pirates. Saint Kitts and Nevis are known for a number of musical celebrations with the last week of June featuring the St Kitts Music Festival, and the week-long Culturama on Nevis lasting from the end of July into early August. Carnival on St. Kitts runs from December 18 to January 3.