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Alexander Hamilton was born and raised in the Caribbean. While details about Hamilton's childhood are hard to confirm, scholars generally agree on a few things.

Alexander was born on the tiny island of Nevis, where he lived with his mother, father, and older brother James. At age 8, the family moved to the island of St. Croix. Here, Alexander Hamilton experienced the permanent departure of his father from the family, the death of his mother, and the subsequent suicide of the cousin who was his caretaker. Hamilton worked as a clerk for a shipping company from a young age, even running the entire business for a period of time while his boss was away.

Hamilton's talents were recognized and an education fund was collected to send Hamilton to the British North American colonies for schooling. At age 15, Hamilton left the Caribbean. Though he never returned to the Caribbean, Hamilton's early experiences there gave him many insights that he applied throughout the rest of his life.


Caribbean Origins Sites:

Charlestown, Nevis
City were Alexander was born and lived until the age of 8

Christiansted, St. Croix
City where Alexander Hamilton lived from age 8-15 

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