St Eustatius

Statia is far from mass tourism, so do not expect to find a lot of shops and people. It is a preserved island, where life is calm, rocked by the lapping waves and the air of the ocean !!

As part of the Dutch Caribbean, safety and security are self-evident and, as in any small town, the locals are pleasantly friendly. On just 11 square miles you'll find 2 volcanoes, 21 forts and outposts, a botanical garden, over a dozen hiking trails in Quill and Boven National Parks, old cemeteries, a restored old town and a marine park containing some of the best dive sites in the Caribbean. Here is an overview of our little paradise

Population: 2,500

Currency: US dollars

Over 10 restaurants

4 hotels with less than 100 rooms

1 bank

Medical center & Hyperbaric chamber on island

Nice weather year-round

A little history

Saint-Eustatia is located north west of Saint Kitt, south east of Saba and south of Saint Martin. She has a volcanic origin, with capital Oranjestad overlooking the protected bay where the remnants of the past are concentrated. Since October 10, 2010 Saint Eustatius is one of three municipalities of the Netherlands, along with Bonaire and Saba, forming the Caribbean Netherlands.

The island was sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and changed 22 times of colonial power over the next 150 years. It was colonized by the French then recovered by the Dutch then the English and changed hands during all its years. In the 18th century, the island had a significant development with the cultivation of sugar cane which brought many slaves from Africa. It was at this time that the Blue Beads first appeared. These served as currencies for trade by the Dutch West Indies Company., Maybe you will find one during one of your dives !!

At that time, the island was a hub of trade between America and Europe, her harbour was one of the most active in the world with 150 to 200 ships that were anchored there every day (some are now underwater!!). So at this period her nicknamed was Golden Rock thanks to this flourishing Economy. At the peak of its power, Saint-Eustache had 20,000 inhabitants but this population has slowly decreased following the abolition of slavery in 1863 to count 2500 inhabitants today.

 

Statia also played a vital role in the independence of the United States by supplying weapons and ammunition during the American Revolution.  St. Eustatius was the first international power to acknowledge the newly independent United States of America on November 16, 1776 with a cannon salute to the US Ship Andrew Doria.

And now she become this little paradise, that you may be coming discover
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