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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:00 am    Post subject: St. Martin Reply with quote

Here is a quick timeline of St. Martin. They have a complex history and today the island is shared with the Dutch and the French - two separate countries with different curriencies. Here's the timeline:

Saint Martin History Timeline
Saint Martin timeline

800s
◾ (800s) Settled by Arawak Indians who arrived from South America; Carib Indians followed, gave the island the name Soualiga, or Land of Salt

1400s - 1600s
◾ (1493) Christopher Columbus claimed the island for Spain, named the island Isla de San Martin
◾ (1624) French cultivated tobacco in French Quarter
◾ (1631) Dutch established small colony on "Great Bay" to collect salt
◾ (1633-1648) Spanish navy captured Saint Martin from the Dutch until the peace of Westhpalia; Spanish army from Puerto Rico built the first military fort
◾ (1638) Spain attacked and took over all Dutch settlements; Spain controlled and built the Old Spanish Fort
◾ (1648) Spain abandoned the island; French and Dutch both claimed it; Treaty of Concordia established Sint Maarten (Dutch) and Saint Martin (French) to be split and governed by the Netherlands and France
◾ (1679-1689) French occupied entire island
◾ (1689-1792) Dutch established zone under Dutch West India Company administration
◾ (1690-1699) English occupied entire island
◾ (1699-1702) French occupied entire island

1700s - 1800s
◾ (1703-1717) Dutch occupied entire island
◾ (1779-1781) French occupied entire island
◾ (1781) British occupied entire island
◾ (1793-1794) Dutch administered entire island
◾ (1795-1801) French occupied entire island
◾ (1801-1802) British occupied entire island
◾ (1810-1816) British occupied entire island
◾ (1816) French and Dutch zones restored
◾ (1848) French abolished slavery on their side

1900s
◾ (1919) Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarteen united as Netherlands Windward Islands
◾ (1936) Dutch side officially adopted the Dutch spelling Sint Maarten
◾ (1939) Island declared a duty-free port
◾ (1954) Saba, St. Eustatius and Sint Maarten united with Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao as the Netherlands Antilles, separate country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands
◾ (1960) Hurricane Donna caused considerable damage on the island
◾ (1994) Kingdom of the Netherlands and France signed the French-Dutch Treaty on St. Martin border controls
◾ (1995) Hurricane Luis caused extensive damage to the island
◾ (1999) Hurricane Lenny devastated the island, claimed three lives

2000s
◾ (2000) Referendum on Sint Maarten to obtain a "status aparte" within the Kingdom of the Netherlands received 68.9% support
◾ (2003) French part of the island voted in favor of secession from Guadeloupe to form a separate overseas collectivity (COM) of France
◾ (2006) Sint Maarten and Curacao signed agreement with the Netherlands on "status aparte"
◾ (2007) French side became a separate overseas collectivity (COM)
◾ (2010) The Netherlands Antilles dissolved; Sint Maarten became an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Eugene Holiday appointed first governor (Dutch governor) of Sint Maartin by the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is what Fort Amsterdam looked like in the 1630's when it was built, it is just a ruin now:

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not much left of Fort Amsterdam nowadays:

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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