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Basseterre, town (1990 est. pop. 15,500), capital of St. Kitts and Nevis, on St. Kitts island, West Indies. It is one of the chief commercial depots of the Leeward Islands. Sugar refining is the leading industry. Basseterre was founded by the French in 1627.

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