New Haven, CT (PressExposure) May 09, 2009 -- Do you know why the Dutch settled at Sint Maarten [http://www.portocupecoy.com/location]? Well, the answer is actually very simple â salt. During the 17th century has become one of the most prized ingredients in Europe and it was in the numberous ponds in Sint Maarten /St Martin island that these crystallized grains are being harvested. Of course, the islandâs strategic position was a great advantage for a seafaring country such as the Netherlands.
Sint Maarten [http://www.portocupecoy.com/location] was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, during his second voyage to the New World. He named it after St. Martin of Tours because he found the island on his feast day. Today, November 11 is used to celebrate the three century long friendship and coexistence of the French and the Dutch in Sint Maarten.
It was in August 1631 when the Dutch settled in the island, but a small French village, known as the Quartier dâOrlÃ©ans with about 14 families, has already been living in the island since 1629. But the Spanish viewed the island as a part of their empire and launched an attack against the Dutch in order to regain their property. The mighty Spanish won and sent the Dutch packing. The Spanish created a fort in order to reinforce their defense. To this day, the remnants of the old Spanish Fort can still be seen around Monte Vista at the tip of the Pointe Blanche Peninsula.
But the Spanish soon tired of Sint Maarten and left the island in 1648, allowing the Dutch free to return. The open border in the Caribbean island known as Soualiga (Land of Salt), now known as St Martin island [http://www.portocupecoy.com/location/lifestyle-attractions], was then founded. Today, the border is marked with a welcome sign and in this part of the world, you can be in both countries at the same time.
Determined to share the island and the many advantages it offers, the Dutch and the French signed the Treaty of Concordia, which is still in effect today. With the development of air travel and the need of tourists to find areas with secluded white beaches, sint maarten/st martin island changed from a plantation to become one of the most sought after vacation destination today!