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Bloody River

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Address: St. Kitts
Activities: Hiking, Viewing foliage
Description: Folklore holds that this dried river bed once flowed blood for three days...
Folklore holds that this dried river bed once flowed blood for three days following a slaughter of Carib Indians by British and French colonial forces.
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Legend?

Interesting story but greatly exaggerated. As a physics major, I ran the discharge flow rate of a "river" 12' wide, even only 1/4 deep, at a barely flowing rate (very slight... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
KarlMessner
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Pittsburgh
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Interesting story but greatly exaggerated. As a physics major, I ran the discharge flow rate of a "river" 12' wide, even only 1/4 deep, at a barely flowing rate (very slight slope) and to maintain that volume of blood for three days would require the blood of over a million adults. I imagine it would take longer to kill 1... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2011

We had a pleasant hike up the eerily beautiful river canyon. You can see why the Caribs considered it a spiritual place. Our guide, Royston, said not many people do this short hike; and we certainly couldn’t have located the trailhead (in a field of cane and weeds)without his knowledge. When you are in the canyon, you are shaded from... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2009

This is an important place in Kittian history, but is now not worth a special trip. The river is dried up and not flowing most of the time and is only commemorated by a plaque. It is good to see on a tour because your guide is likely to tell you more about the history, but otherwise it will probably... More 

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