December 15 – Koninkrijksdag (Kingdom Day) in Sint Maarten

Posted on December 15, 2015

Like Bonaire, Aruba, Curacao, and the Netherlands, today Sint Maarten is celebrating the signing of the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Charter was signed on this date in 1954 by Queen Juliana.

Part of the celebrations includes concerts with musical artists from all over the kingdom.

If you have read this earlier post, you know that the Caribbean island of Saint Martin is divided between a French collectivity and a Dutch nation that is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 

But you probably didn't know that there is a place called “Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit.” This working gallery was created by the creator of Yoda for Star Wars!

You may remember that incredibly close encounter between beach goers and jets, from the earlier post...

...But you probably never realized that six other Caribbean islands are visible from St. Maarten on a clear day!

Did you know...?

Before European men “discovered” the island of St. Martin, it was known as “Onalichi,” Land of Women, by some inhabitants, and “Sonaliga,” Land of Salt, by others.

There is no physical barrier – no wall, for example, or chain link fence – between the French and Dutch portions of the island.

St. Martin is the smallest island in the world divided between two nations.

When I think of two nations sharing one Caribbean island, I always think of
Haiti and the Dominican Republic sharing the island of Hispaniola.

But look at how tiny St. Martin - with French Saint-Martin and Dutch Sint Maarten -
is compared to Haiti/Dominican Republic!!

With more than 37 beaches and 300 restaurants, St. Martin is a great spot for tourists! 


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