Tours from the Star Clipper
St Martin is an island owned by two nations. It is the smallest
island in the world ever to have been partitioned between two different
nations, Saint Martin/Sint Maarten has been shared by the French and the
Dutch in a spirit of neighbourly co-operation and mutual friendship for
almost 350 years.
The border was almost imperceptible, and people cross back and forth
without ever realising they were entering a new country. The only markers
are monuments on the roads, testifying to centuries of peaceful cohabitation
and the treaty that made the arrangement possible. Although the signs themselves
have been updated since I first took these photographs in 2000.
The island covers 37 square miles, with Dutch Sint Maarten on the South
spanning 16 square miles and French Saint Martin on the North covering 21.
English is spoken everywhere, but Dutch
is the official language of Sint Maarten, and French the official language of