TDISH: Happy 100th Birthday, Mr. Premier

On September 16, 1916, on the British Caribbean colony of St. Kitts, a boy was born.  This boy 800px-Robert_Llewellyn_Bradshaw.jpgwas named Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw and would go on to become of the heroes of his tiny country.  Bradshaw would go on to become the minister of finance of the short-lived West Indies Federation – a conglomeration of British colonies in the Caribbean based in Port-of-Spain in modern Trinidad and Tobago.  When the Federation dissolved in 1962, Bradshaw returned to St. Kitts and started working towards gaining independence for his homeland. Five years later, in 1967, he became the first premier of St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla.  The three islands were granted full internal autonomy from the British, though their foreign policy was still controlled in London. Bradshaw’s policies encouraged hard work and self-sufficiency and let to the eventual full independence for St. Kitts and Nevis in 1983.

Featured Image: “Flag of St. Kitts and Nevis.” By User:Pumbaa80 – Own work in accordance with http://www.vexilla-mundi.com/saint_kitts_and_nevis.htm, Public Domain.
Image 1. “Robert L. Bradshaw.” By Source, Fair use.
Source: “Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw – St. Kitts 1st national hero.” SKNV Vibes.

 

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