The history of trade and money in St. Kitts is the focus of a new exhibition at the National Museum, set to open on Tuesday October 23rd. A joint initiative between the St. Christopher National Trust and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, the History of Commerce and Banking Exhibition.
Prior to Emancipation most trade in St. Kitts was conducted directly with England, with sugar being used as the main form of exchange. After 1834 however, the former enslaved people had to be paid wages in cash. This ushered in a money economy which saw an increase in both the volume of imports and the number of retail business.