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Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
(Dutch pronunciation: [sɪnt ˈmaːrtə(n)]) is an island country in the Caribbean. It is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. With a population of 33,609 on an area of 34 km2 (13 sq mi), it encompasses the southern 40% of the divided island of Saint Martin, while the northern 60% of the island constitutes the French overseas collectivity of Saint-Martin. Sint Maarten's capital is Philipsburg. Before 10 October 2010, Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
was known as the Island Territory of Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
(Dutch: Eilandgebied Sint Maarten), and was one of five island territories (eilandgebieden) that constituted the Netherlands
Netherlands
Antilles. On 6 and 7 September 2017 the island was hit by Category 5 Hurricane Irma, which caused widespread and significant damage to buildings and infrastructure. A total of two deaths had been reported as of 8 September. By then, "many inhabitants [were] devoid of basic necessities" and looting had become a serious problem.[5] Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
has the 15th largest GDP per capita in the world (including territories) when measured by purchasing power parity, over three times as high as its French counterpart.[6]

Contents

1 History

1.1 20th century 1.2 21st century

2 Government and politics

2.1 Current composition of the Estates of Sint Maarten 2.2 Corruption

3 Demographics

3.1 Settlements 3.2 Religion 3.3 Languages

4 Culture

4.1 Sport and recreation 4.2 Popular culture

5 Education

5.1 Primary and secondary schools 5.2 Colleges and universities 5.3 Libraries

6 Transportation and economy 7 See also 8 Notes 9 References 10 External links

History[edit] See also: History of Saint Martin In 1493, during Christopher Columbus' second voyage to the West Indies, upon first sighting the island he named it Isla de San Martín after Saint Martin
Saint Martin
of Tours because it was 11 November, St. Martin's Day. However, though he claimed it as a Spanish territory, Columbus never landed there, and Spain
Spain
made the settlement of the island a low priority. The French and Dutch, on the other hand, both coveted the island. While the French wanted to colonize the islands between Trinidad
Trinidad
and Bermuda, the Dutch found San Martín a convenient halfway point between their colonies in New Amsterdam
New Amsterdam
(present day New York) and Brazil. With few people inhabiting the island, the Dutch easily founded a settlement there in 1631, erecting Fort Amsterdam as protection from invaders. Jan Claeszen Van Campen became its first governor, and soon thereafter the Dutch West India Company
Dutch West India Company
began its salt mining operations. French and British settlements sprang up on the island as well. Taking note of these successful colonies and wanting to maintain their control of the salt trade, the Spanish now found St. Martin much more appealing. The Eighty Years' War
Eighty Years' War
which had been raging between Spain
Spain
and the Netherlands
Netherlands
provided further incentive to attack. Spanish forces captured Saint Martin
Saint Martin
from the Dutch in 1633, seizing control and driving most or all of the colonists off the island. At Point Blanche, they built what is now Old Spanish Fort to secure the territory. Although the Dutch retaliated in several attempts to win back St. Martin, they failed. Fifteen years after the Spanish conquered the island, the Eighty Years' War
Eighty Years' War
ended. Since they no longer needed a base in the Caribbean
Caribbean
and St. Martin barely turned a profit, the Spanish lost their inclination to continue defending it. In 1648, they deserted the island. With St. Martin free again, both the Dutch and the French jumped at the chance to re-establish their settlements. Dutch colonists came from St. Eustatius, while the French came from St. Kitts. After some initial conflict, both sides realized that neither would yield easily. Preferring to avoid an all-out war, they signed the Treaty of Concordia in 1648, which divided the island in two. During the treaty's negotiation, the French had a fleet of naval ships off shore, which they used as a threat to bargain more land for themselves.[citation needed] In spite of the treaty, relations between the two sides were not always cordial. Between 1648 and 1816, conflicts changed the border sixteen times. The entire island came under effective French control from 1795 when Netherlands
Netherlands
became a puppet state under the French Empire until 1815. In the end, the French came out ahead with 53 km2 (20 sq mi; 61%) against 34 km2 (13 sq mi; 39%) on the Dutch side. With the new cultivation of cotton, tobacco, and sugar, the French and the Dutch imported a massive number of slaves to work on the plantations. The slave population quickly grew larger than that of the land owners. Subjected to cruel treatment, slaves staged rebellions, and their overwhelming numbers made it impossible to ignore their concerns. In 1848, the French abolished slavery in their colonies including the French side of St. Martin. Slaves on the Dutch side of the island protested and threatened to flee to the French side to seek asylum. The local Dutch authorities then freed the colonies' slaves. While this decree was respected locally, it was not until 1863 when the Dutch abolished slavery in all of their island colonies that the slaves became legally free.[7] 20th century[edit] After abolition of slavery, plantation culture declined and the island's economy suffered. In 1939, St. Martin received a major boost when it was declared a duty-free port. In 1941, the island was shelled by a German U-boat
U-boat
during World War II. The Dutch side began focusing on tourism in the 1950s, with the French side following suit two decades later. Because of being split up into a Dutch and a French part, the tourist boom was heavier on Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
than on the surrounding islands. Its Princess Juliana International Airport
Princess Juliana International Airport
became one of the busiest in the Eastern Caribbean. For much of this period, Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
was governed by business tycoon Claude Wathey
Claude Wathey
of the Democratic Party.[8] The island's demographics changed dramatically during this period as well. The island's population increased from a mere 5,000 people to around 60,000 people in the mid-1990s. Immigration from the neighbouring Lesser Antilles, Curaçao, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Europe, and Asia
Asia
turned the native population into a minority.[9] Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
became an "island territory" (eilandgebied in Dutch) of the Netherlands Antilles
Netherlands Antilles
in 1983. Before that date, Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
was part of the island territory of the Windward Islands, together with Saba
Saba
and Sint Eustatius. The status of an island territory entails considerable autonomy summed up in the Island Regulation of the Netherlands
Netherlands
Antilles. The island territory of Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
was ruled by an island council, an executive council, and a Lieutenant Governor (Dutch: gezaghebber) appointed by the Dutch Crown. On 5 September 1995, Hurricane Luis
Hurricane Luis
hammered the islands causing extensive damage 35 years to the day after Hurricane Donna. Then 22 years and one day later, September 6, 2017, the island was hit by category 5 Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma
which caused widespread devastation. 21st century[edit] In 1994, the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Kingdom of the Netherlands
and France
France
signed the Franco-Dutch treaty on Saint Martin
Saint Martin
border controls, which allows for joint Franco-Dutch border controls on so-called "risk flights". After some delay, the treaty was ratified in November 2006 in the Netherlands, and subsequently entered into force on 1 August 2007. Though the treaty is now in force, its provisions are not yet[when?] implemented as the working group specified in the treaty is not yet installed. On 10 October 2010, Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
became a constituent country (Dutch: Land Sint Maarten) within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, making it a constitutional equal partner with Aruba, Curaçao, and the Netherlands proper. Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
has been assigned the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2
ISO 3166-1 alpha-2
country codes of SXM and SX,[10] and the .sx Internet ccTLD became available to register on 15 November 2012.[11] The combined population of the two territories has continued to grow, albeit at a slower rate, and as of (2013) around 75,000.

The port in Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
after Hurricane Irma

Damaged buildings in the wake of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma
caused extensive damage in September 2017. The Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Netherlands
told the news media on 8 September that the airport in Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
was again ready to receive flights and that aid, as well as police officers and military personnel, were on their way.[12] The Prime Minister of Sint Maarten had already asked the Dutch government for extended relief assistance which began to arrive on 8 September. Reports on 9 September indicated that 70% of the infrastructure on the Dutch part had been destroyed.[13] The government issued a Tropical Storm Warning on 8 September since the Category 4 Hurricane Jose was approaching.[14] Princess Juliana Airport was extensively damaged but reopened on a partial basis in two days to allow incoming relief flights and for flights that would take evacuees to other islands.[15] The government of the Netherlands
Netherlands
was sending aid, as well as additional police and military, since looting was a serious problem.[16] A statement by the Prime Minister summarized the situation on 8 September. "We've lost many, many homes. Schools have been destroyed. We foresee a loss of the tourist season because of the damage that was done to hotel properties, the negative publicity that one would have that it's better to go somewhere else because it's destroyed. So that will have a serious impact on our economy."[17] At the time, preparations were being made as Hurricane Jose approached the island.[18] Government estimates on 9 September indicated that 70 percent of houses were badly damaged or destroyed; much of the population was living in shelters pending the arrival of Jose. Thankfully, this second hurricane did not have a significant impact on the island.[19] Widespread looting had started and a state of emergency was announced; some 230 soldiers from the Netherlands
Netherlands
were patrolling. Additional Dutch troops were expected.[20] By 10 September, some 1,200 Americans had been evacuated to Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
from Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
by military aircraft during a time of looting and violence. On that date, Royal Caribbean
Caribbean
International said that the company was sending its Adventure of the Seas
Adventure of the Seas
to Saint-Martin and to St. Thomas to provide supplies and to offer evacuation services.[21] The ship arrived on the island on 10 September with water, ice, garbage bags, clothing and canned food; she evacuated 320 people.[22] By 11 September, King Willem-Alexander had already arrived in Curaçao
Curaçao
and was scheduled to visit St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba.[23] A survey by the Dutch Red Cross estimated that nearly a third of the buildings in Sint Maarten had been destroyed and that over 90 percent of structures on the island had been damaged.[24] Government and politics[edit]

Map of the European Union in the world with overseas countries and territories and outermost regions

Main article: Politics of Sint Maarten

The Courthouse in Philipsburg is one of the symbols of Sint Maarten.

An elevation map of the island of Saint Martin.

Map showing the French Saint-Martin (north) and Dutch Sint Maarten (south).

The Constitution of Sint Maarten
Constitution of Sint Maarten
was unanimously adopted by the island council of Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
on 21 July 2010. Elections for a new island council were held on 17 September 2010, since the number of seats was increased from 11 to 15. The newly elected island council became the Estates of Sint Maarten
Estates of Sint Maarten
on 10 October.[25] Eugene Holiday was appointed as the first Governor of Sint Maarten (Dutch: gouverneur) by the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Netherlands
in September 2010. He also assumed office on 10 October 2010. Current composition of the Estates of Sint Maarten[edit]

e • d  Summary of the Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
general election results, 2014

Parties Party leader Votes % Seats +/–

United People's Party (UPP) Theo Heyliger 6,211 42.67 7 +1

National Alliance (NA) William Marlin 4,055 27.86 4 -3

Democratic Party (DP) Sarah Wescot-Williams 2,342 16.09 2 0

United St. Maarten Party
United St. Maarten Party
(USP) Frans Richardson 1,647 11.31 2 New

One St. Maarten People Party
One St. Maarten People Party
(OSPP) Lenny Priest 169 1.16 0 New

Social Reform Party
Social Reform Party
(SRP) Jacinto Mock 132 0.91 0 New

Invalid/blank votes 271 – –

Total 14,827 100 15 –

Source: Government of Sint Maarten

Corruption[edit] In 1978, the government of the Netherlands Antilles
Netherlands Antilles
installed a Research Committee on the Windward Islands
Windward Islands
(Dutch: Commissie van Onderzoek Bovenwindse Eilanden) to investigate claims of corruption in the island government. Even though the report issued by this commission was damaging for the island's government, measures were not put into place to curb corruption, arguably because the government of the Netherlands Antilles
Netherlands Antilles
depended on the support of Wathey's Democratic Party in the Estates of the Netherlands
Netherlands
Antilles. In August 1990, the public prosecutor of the Netherlands Antilles
Netherlands Antilles
started an investigation into the alleged ties between the island government of Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
and the Sicilian Mafia, and in 1991 the Court of Audit of the Netherlands Antilles
Netherlands Antilles
issued a report which concluded that the island government of Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
was ailing.[26] In the government and parliament of the Netherlands, the call for measures became louder and louder. With Dutch pressure, the government of the Netherlands Antilles
Netherlands Antilles
installed the Pourier Commission tasked with investigating the state of affairs of the island government of Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
in December 1991. Its report concluded that the island was in a severe financial crisis, that rules of democratic decision-making were continuously broken, and that the island government constituted an oligarchy. In short, the island government failed completely according to the report. After long negotiations, the Kingdom government enacted a General Measure of Kingdom Administration (Dutch: Algemene Maatregel van Rijksbestuur) in early 1993, placing Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
under direct supervision of the Kingdom. Although originally meant for one year, the Order-in-Council for the Kingdom was eventually extended until 1 March 1996.[27] Though much has changed since, allegations of criminal activities continue to plague Sint Maarten. In 2004, the Minister of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles
Netherlands Antilles
asked the Scientific Research and Documentation Centre (Dutch: Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek- en Documentatiecentrum (WODC)) of the Dutch Ministry of Justice to conduct research into organized crime in Sint Maarten. The report concluded that money laundering and cocaine trade are widespread on Sint Maarten. It also alleged that money from the island was used to finance Hamas, its associate Holy Land Foundation, and the Taliban.[8][28] In April 2009, former Commissioner Louie Laveist was convicted, and sentenced to an 18-month prison sentence, by the Sint Maarten Court-of-First-Instance, on account of forgery, fraud, and bribery.[29] He was later acquitted of forgery and of fraud by the Common Court of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles
Netherlands Antilles
and Aruba, but not of bribery.[30] Demographics[edit] In the 2011 Netherlands Antilles
Netherlands Antilles
census, the population of the island territory was 33,609.[31] Births and deaths

Year Population (x1000) Live births Deaths Natural increase Crude birth rate Crude death rate Rate of natural increase TFR

2013

511 171 340 14.0 4.7 9.3

Settlements[edit]

Dutch side.

Corsairfly
Corsairfly
Airbus A330-200
Airbus A330-200
on short final over Maho Beach.

Philipsburg (1,327 inhabitants). Lower Prince's Quarter
Lower Prince's Quarter
(8,143 inhabitants). Cul de Sac (7,593 inhabitants). Cole Bay (5,594 inhabitants). Upper Prince's Quarter (3,139 inhabitants). Little Bay (Fort Amsterdam) (3,093 inhabitants). Simpson Bay (596 inhabitants). Lowlands (348 inhabitants).

Religion[edit]

Religions of Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
[32]

Religions

percent

Roman Catholic

33.1%

Pentecostal

14.7%

Methodist

10.0%

None

7.9%

Seventh-day Adventist

6.6%

Hindu

5.2%

Christian

4.1%

Baptist

4.7%

Anglican

3.1%

No response

2.4%

Other Protestant

2.8%

Jehovah's Witness

1.7%

Evangelical

1.4%

Other (includes Buddhist, Sikh, Rastafarian)

1.3%

Islam/Jewish

1.1%

Languages[edit]

Languages of Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
[32]

Languages

percent

English

67.5%

Spanish

12.9%

Creole

8.2%

French

6.6%

Dutch

4.2%

Other

3.5%

Papiamento

1.5%

English is the day-to-day administrative language and language of communication in Sint Maarten, and the first language of the majority; the government uses Dutch when communicating with the Dutch government and formerly did so with the Netherlands Antilles
Netherlands Antilles
government. Local signage uses both Dutch and English.[33] The government continues to produce Dutch-language documents. There were English-medium and Dutch-medium schools on St. Maarten, and the Dutch government policy towards St. Maarten and other SSS islands promoted English medium education. As per the 2001 census there were far more Spanish speakers than Dutch speakers; each group was 14.8% and 4.2%, respectively. Thus, Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
is a polyglot society, they are simultaneous bilinguals in Dutch and English, and among them speak Spanish. Linguist Linda-Andrea Richardson stated in 1983 that Dutch was a "dead language" in Sint Maarten.[34] Some residents, including Arubans and St. Martiners who lived in Aruba, speak Papiamento.[35] Culture[edit] See also: Culture of Saint Martin

Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
Courthouse.

The official languages are Dutch and English.[1] A local English-based creole known as Virgin Islands Creole is also spoken. An annual regatta is also held over 3 days culminating in the first weekend in March. Among the leading cultural artists of the island are Isidore "Mighty Dow" York, kaisonian, panman; Roland Richardson, Impressionist painter; Nicole de Weever, dancer, broadway star; Susha Hien, choreographer; Lasana M. Sekou, poet, author, independence advocate; Clara Reyes, choreographer; Tanny and The Boys, string band music group. The annual Saint Maarten Carnival starts in April and ends in May. The Grand Carnival parade takes place on the Dutch side and is dedicated to the Queen of the Netherlands. The annual St. Martin Book Fair takes place during the first weekend of June, featuring emerging and famous authors from the island, the Caribbean
Caribbean
region, and from around the world.[36] Ank Klomp wrote in "Saint Martin: Communal Identities on a Divided Caribbean
Caribbean
Island" that Sint-Maarten lacked a Dutch cultural identity.[33] Sport and recreation[edit] Popular team sports in Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
include baseball, cricket, and soccer. Recreational fishing, golf, and water sports (including diving, kayaking, snorkelling, and yachting) are popular amongst tourists.[37] The Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
Soccer
Soccer
Association was founded in 1986. The organisation is not a member of FIFA, but became an associate member of CONCACAF
CONCACAF
in 2002, and a full member in 2013.[38] The national football team debuted in 1989, and plays its home games at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex, which has a 3,000-spectator capacity. After an initial period of popularity during the 1990s, including an appearance at the 1993 Caribbean
Caribbean
Cup, interest in football declined, with the national team playing its last official match in 2000 (against Dominica).[39] However, Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
is scheduled to return to international competition in March 2016, in the 2017 Caribbean
Caribbean
Cup qualification tournament.[40] The Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
Cricket
Cricket
Association is a member of the Leeward Islands Cricket
Cricket
Association (LICA), which is in turn a member of the West Indies
West Indies
Cricket
Cricket
Board (WICB). With rare exceptions (for instance, the Stanford 20/20), the national cricket team plays only against other LICA members, though Sint Maarteners may go on to play for the Leeward Islands team at regional level and for the West Indies
West Indies
team internationally. The primary venue for cricket is the Charles Vlaun Cricket
Cricket
Field.[41] Colin Hamer was the first Sint Maartener to play first-class cricket,[42] while Keacy Carty was the first islander to play at international level (for the West Indies
West Indies
under-19s).[43] Carty was the man of the final at the 2016 Under-19 World Cup, and was later described by the prime minister, William Marlin, as having "brought the name of St Maarten to international acclaim".[44] Prior to cricket becoming popular, baseball was preferred. No national team existed, although Sint Maarteners were eligible to play for the Netherlands Antilles
Netherlands Antilles
baseball team before its dissolution.[45] Several Sint Maarteners have passed through the American baseball system, playing at college level or in the minor leagues. Allen Halley played college baseball for the South Alabama Jaguars
South Alabama Jaguars
and was drafted by the Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox
in the 30th round of the 1995 draft, reaching Class A-Advanced in the minor leagues. Three others, Rene Leveret, Marc Ramirez, and Rafael Skeete, were signed as free agents by major league teams during their careers, but played only in the minor leagues.[46] Popular culture[edit] The island is famous for its runway at Princess Juliana International Airport, in which landing aircraft pass within less than 35 metres of Maho Beach
Maho Beach
below, due to the close proximity of the runway to the ocean. The planes appear to land dangerously close to beach goers, so the beach and airport have become a popular place for people to view aeroplane landings. In July 2017 a New Zealander died from head injuries after being propelled backwards from a jet engine blast. [47] Education[edit] Primary and secondary schools[edit] Public schools include:[48]

Primary:

Charles Leopold Bell School (Cole Bay) Leonald Connor School (Cape Bay) Martin Luther King, Jr. Primary School (Lower Princes Quarter) Ruby Labega Primary (Retreat Estate) Oranje School (Philipsburg) Marie G. de Weever School (Hope Estate)

The sole public secondary school is the St. Maarten Vocational Training School in South Reward Prins Willem Alexander School in St. Peters is the special education school

Private schools subsidized by the St. Maarten government include:[48]

Primary:

Hillside Christian School (St. Peters) MAC Browlia F. Maillard Campus (Cul-de-Sac) and Rev. John A. Gumbs Campus (Betty's Estate) Seven Day Adventist (Cole Bay) Sr. Borgia Primary (Philipsburg) Sr. Magda Primary (St. Peters) Sr. Marie Laurence (Middle Region) Sr. Regina Primary (Simpson Bay) St. Dominic Primary (South Reward) St. Joseph Primary (Philipsburg) The Asha Stevens - Hillside Christian School (Cayhill)

Secondary:

Milton Peters College (South Reward) - Has HAVO, PKL, PBL, TKL, and VWO classes St. Maarten Academy (Main campus in Cul-de-Sac, PSVE in Ebenezer) Sundial School (Philipsburg)

Previously residents had to complete secondary studies in Aruba
Aruba
and/or Curaçao.[34] Prior to 1976 Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
had two secondary schools: the government secondary school John Phillips School and the Catholic secondary school Pastoor Nieuwen Huis School. Philips was both a MAVO/ETAO school while Huis was a MAVO school. The foundation Stichting Voortgezet Onderwijs van de Bovenwindse Eilanden (SVOBE), established on February 20, 1974,[49] was created as the neutral governing body for a new school created by the merger of Phillips and Huis schools.[50] MPC, the merged school, opened on August 17, 1976.[49] The Caribbean
Caribbean
International Academy, founded in 2003 is a preparatory private boarding and day school on the island of St. Maarten. Catering to children from Kindergarten to Grade 12, CIA is also the only school offering Canadian/Ontario High School Diploma (OSSD) and 90% of their graduates go on to attend universities in Europe, Canada
Canada
and the United States.[51] Colleges and universities[edit] Most residents who attend tertiary institutions do so in Curaçao and/or European Netherlands.[33] The American University of the Caribbean
Caribbean
School of Medicine (AUC), founded in 1978, was previously located on Montserrat. Because of the eruption of the Soufrière Hills volcano
Soufrière Hills volcano
in 1995, AUC moved its campus to St. Maarten later that year. A permanent campus was completed in 1998 in Cupecoy. The University of St. Martin (USM) was located in Philipsburg. The University of Sint Eustatius
Sint Eustatius
School of Medicine, founded in 1999, was previously located on Sint Eustatius. In September 2013, the University of Sint Eustatius
Sint Eustatius
moved its campus to Cole Bay, St. Maarten. Libraries[edit] Philipsburg Jubilee Library is in Philipsburg.[52] Transportation and economy[edit] Air transportation to Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
and the whole island is served by Princess Juliana International Airport, which is well known for its very low final approach landings close to a popular beach at the end of the runway.[53][54] Winair ( Windward Islands
Windward Islands
Airways) has its headquarters on the grounds of the airport.[55] There are no railroads on the island. St. Maarten's economy is mostly based on tourism, either from tourists staying on the island or day tourists from the many cruise lines that dock in the Philipsburg Harbour. In 2014, St. Maarten had more gaming machines per resident than any other country in the world.[56] See also[edit]

Geography portal North America
North America
portal Caribbean
Caribbean
portal Netherlands
Netherlands
portal

Postage stamps and postal history of Sint Maarten List of divided islands List of Designated Monuments in Sint Maarten Le Grand Marché Mary Star of the Sea Church, Simpson Bay

Notes[edit]

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Sint Maarten
joined the North American Numbering Plan
North American Numbering Plan
on 30 September 2011; it previously shared the country code +599 with Curaçao
Curaçao
and the Caribbean
Caribbean
Netherlands."PL-423: Updated Information - Introduction of NPA 721 (Sint Maarten)" (PDF). North American Numbering Plan Administration. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-07-29.  Permissive dialing, allowing the use of +599, will be in place until 30 September 2012. ^ Davies, Caroline (8 September 2017). " Caribbean
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During the 19th Century. Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. p. 154. ISBN 9783525559635.  ^ a b NRC.nl - Sint Maarten
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Sint Maarten
vrijhaven voor criminele gelden ^ NRC.nl - Gedeputeerde Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
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External links[edit]

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Government

Official website of the Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
government

Organizations

Philipsburg Jubilee Public Library St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry (official site). St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (official trade association site). House of Nehesi Publishers (book publishing/research/PR foundation).

Universities

American University of the Caribbean
Caribbean
School of Medicine University of St. Martin

Secondary education

Milton Peters College Caribbean
Caribbean
International Academy Learning Unlimited Preparatory School St. Dominic High School St. Maarten Academy Sundial School

Tourism

Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
travel guide from Wikivoyage "Sint Maarten". The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency.  St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (official site). St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (visitor information) St. Maarten Tourism
Tourism
Map (visitor information) Princess Juliana International Airport
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(official site). St. Maarten Excursions.

News and opinion

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Curaçao
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and Dependencies 3 Surinam 3

Until 1962

New Guinea

3 Became constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Suriname
Suriname
gained full independence in 1975, Curaçao
Curaçao
and Dependencies was renamed to the Netherlands
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Antilles, which was eventually dissolved in 2010.

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