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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:47 pm    Post subject: St Eustatius Reply with quote

Sint Eustatius also known as Statia is a special municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It was a member of the Netherlands Antilles before it dissolved in 2010.

The population of the 8 sq mile island is about 3500. A dormant volcano the Quill (hole) is 1972 ft above sea level. The capital is Oranjestad.

Just before the American revolution it was one of the most prosperous places on earth. As a neutral free port it traded with all. The British took exception to its trading with America especially after the Commander of Fort Oranje inadvertently returned a salute from an American ship. Thus by error it was one of the first islands to recognize the US, St Croix likely the first.

The Saggita anchors a short distance from the small commercial port. The town is located on a cliff above port. For a so small an island traffic picking up goods from the port is surprising. Three bars, a restaurant and a small attractive inn are on the road below the cliff. If walking to town note a short cut is just on the far side of the inn. A couple of small beaches are near.

The fort has been restored and the information center is located inside. The area near the fort is very attractive for a walking tour which is not a time consuming event.

The closest bar to the port and within site of the ships boat had a Spanish only speaking lady behind the counter( Surprising as the language of the island is Dutch & English). Forget the rum punch "Cerveza porfovor".

Some passengers took a snorkeling tour which most described as mediocre.

Local rumor is Princes Cruise Line is going to build a pier here.

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