To the uninitiated, it can be a little confusing. The Dutch territory of St. Maarten shares a Caribbean island with the similarly named French territory of Saint-Martin. But it's historically appropriate that this tiny island of only 37 square miles is currently shared by two nations. It changed hands a dozen or so times over the four centuries after it was claimed by Columbus for Spain, before falling into the hands of the Dutch and French centuries later. There are two things you'll notice right away about St.
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The Spanish retook the island in , but continued to be harassed by the Dutch. The Spanish finally relinquished the island of Saint Martin to the French and Dutch, who divided it amongst themselves in The establishment of cotton, tobacco, and sugar plantations dramatically expanded African slavery on the island in the 18th and 19th centuries; the practice was not abolished in the Dutch half until The island's economy declined until when it became a free port; the tourism industry was dramatically expanded beginning in the s. In a referendum, the citizens of Sint Maarten voted to become a self-governing country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The change in status became effective in October of with the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles.
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The island extends about 12 miles 19 km from north to south and about the same distance from east to west, including a narrow looping sand spit that extends westward from the hilly main part of the island. It rises to a high point at Paradis Peak 1, feet [ metres] and has an area of 34 square miles 88 square km. The island receives about 45 inches 1, mm of rain annually.
Maarten is known for its dramatic views and visitors are treated to some of the most breathtaking scenery from Sentry Hill, one of St. At Rockland Estate, walkways and platforms encircle the mountaintop showcasing degree vistas of the dual-nation island as well as the neighboring islands Saba, St. Barts, St. Eustatius and Anguilla. Those who want to linger can get comfortable with a beverage at the hill top bar, a must do experience.