Raise a glass to freedom and to one of America's founding fathers! The founder of our nation's financial system was born in Charlestown, the capital island of Nevis and the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. There is some historical debate about whether he was born on January 11th 1755 or 1757. He went on to become of America's most influential statesmen, a supporter of the U.S. Constitution, and even introduced plans for the U.S. Mint.
Read more about Alexander Hamilton's life and contributions to our nation here.
Many of our historic East Coast destinations have ties to Hamilton, especially Philadelphia. In fact, many of our student groups who travel to Philadelphia choose to tour the U.S. Mint. There are so many curriculum connections at the Mint, from manufacturing to economics. Visitors to the Mint can view the actual coining operations from 40 feet above the factory floor. Exhibits and artifacts explain more about the history of U.S. currency and the Mint.