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Saint Martin/sint Maarten: Portrait Of An Island

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ISBN: 1405024720
Издательство: MacMillan Caribbean
Год издания: 2005
Страниц: 172
Book DescriptionSaint Martin/Sint Maarten is unique by any standards- historically, geographically, and culturally. Situated in the Caribbean Leeward Islands and only 37 square miles across, it is remarkable for its dual nationality: French and Dutch. The border is almost invisible and people cross back and forth without ever really realizing they are entering a new country. The only sign is a monument between Union Road and Bellevue commemorating over 350 years of peaceful cohabitation and the Treaty that made the arrangement possible. With its two bustling capitals Marigot (on the French side) and Philipsburg (on the Dutch) and its subtle and not so subtle cultural and architectural differences, there are endless opportunities for everyone, from the casinos in Philipsburg to a day's hike through the jungles of Loterie Farm near Pic Paradis. The towns on the French side are a mixture of markets that are typically Caribbean and cafes that are typically French. On the Dutch side,...