History

Originally discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 on the feast day of St. Martin of Tours, this little island paradise represents one of the longest standing peaceful agreements between two countries. After fighting the Spanish for their piece of the Island for several years, the Dutch eventually regained control and worked with the already existing French settlers to develop a peaceable agreement for joint ownership of the island.

In 1648, the two countries signed a treaty and have lived amicably side-by-side for more than 350 years.

The island – known both as St. Martin (French) and St. Maarten (Dutch) is an international microcosm. Home to people representing more than 100 nationalities across the globe, the island features the best of what the Caribbean has to offer: nightlife, dining, outdoor activities, beaches, casinos, cultural flair, cosmopolitan style and village life.

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