Charter Yacht Vacations in St Maarten and St. Barts
St Maarten Culture and History
Even though St Maarten and French St Martin are different countries they share a similar history and heritage. Today all school children on both sides are taught to be tri lingual in Dutch, English & French. St Maarten’s premier cultural event is its annual Carnival.
It was first inhabited by Arawick, Ameridians followed by the Caribs. When the Dutch arrived in 1624 the island was almost uninhabited. In 1629 a group of French settlers formed a small colony in a place now known as French quarter. The French and Dutch harvested salt and cultivated tobacco. In the following years the island changed hands many times. At the end a petition treaty was signed in 1648 between France and Holland.
The northern part of the island is French and known as Saint-Martin. The southern part of the island is Dutch and known as Sint-Maarten. There is no physical border between the French and Dutch territories and people and goods can travel freely between the two. St Martin is a volcanic and mountainous island with a variety of landscapes. The windward coast is lush and green. The leeward coast is dry. Average annual temperature is 80.6 degrees peaking @89.6 degrees. The rainy season is June through December corresponding with hurricane season.