Sint Maarten

St Maarten

Sint Maarten :Sighted by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1493 and claimed for Spain, it was the Dutchwho occupied the island in 1631 and set about exploiting its salt deposits.The Spanish retook the island in 1633, but continued to be harassed by theDutch.  The Spanish finally relinquished the island of Saint Martin to theFrench and Dutch, who divided it amongst themselves in 1648.

In 1954, Sint Maarten and several other Dutch Caribbean possessions became partof the Kingdom of the Netherlands as the Netherlands Antilles.  In a 2000referendum, the citizens of Sint Maarten voted to become a self-governingcountry within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  The change in status becameeffective in October of 2010 with the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles.

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What is the international telephone dialling code for Sint Maarten ?

The international dialling code for St. Maarten: +599-5

Flag of Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten

2 equal horizontal bands of red (top) and blue with a whiteisosceles triangle based on the hoist side; the centre of the triangle displaysthe Sint Maarten coat of arms; the arms consist of an orange-bordered blueshield prominently displaying the white court house in Philipsburg, as well as abouquet of yellow sage (the national flower) in the upper left, and thesilhouette of a Dutch-French friendship monument in the upper right; the shieldis surmounted by a yellow rising sun in front of which is a Brown Pelican inflight; a yellow scroll below the shield bears the motto: SEMPER PROGREDIENS (Always Progressing); the three main colours are identical to those on the Dutchflag

Location

Caribbean, located in the Leeward Islands (northern) group;Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean Sea; Sint Maarten lieseast of the US Virgin Islands

Geographic coordinates:

18 4 N, 63 4 W

Website:

www.st-maarten.com

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