Thursday, March 14, 2013

View from the Mountain Top (Pic Paradis) of St.Maarten

Saint Martin (French: Saint-Martin; Dutch: Sint Maarten) is an island in the northeast Caribbean, approximately 190 miles east of Puerto Rico. The island is divided roughly 60/40 between France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands; however, the Dutch side has the larger population. It is one of the smallest sea islands divided between two nations, a division dating to 1648.

The southern Dutch part comprises Sint Maarten and is one of four constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The northern French part comprises the Collectivité de Saint-Martin (Collectivity of St. Martin) and is an overseas collectivity of France.

On January 1, 2009 the population of the entire island was 77,741 inhabitants, with 40,917 living on the Dutch side,[3] and 36,824 on the French side.  Collectively, the two territories are known as "St-Martin / St Maarten".

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