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Sint Maarten joined Quota International’s network in 2007.
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Sint Maarten

The country of Sint Maarten is located on the island of Sint Maarten-Saint Martin, the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations. With only 37 square miles to share, Sint Maarten operates as a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Saint Martin is an overseas territory of France. Having no real border between the two nations other than simple monuments and signs, the two nations coexist in what is actually the oldest active, undisputed treaty on the planet!

Sint Maarten

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The first inhabitants of Sint Maarten were the Arawak Indians, who came to the island around 800 A.D. With salt ponds scattered all over the island, the Arawaks called the island “Sualouiga” or “Land of Salt.” With an interest in the natural salt resources, the Dutch established a settlement in St. Maarten in 1631. On March 23, 1648, the Dutch and neighboring French inhabitants signed the “Treaty of Concordia,” dividing the island into Saint Martin/Sint Maarten.

In 1943, the Saint Martin/Sint Maarten Princess Juliana Airport opened and, with it, came a new industry of tourism. Visitors came swarming to Sint Maarten, attracted to its white sandy beaches, year-round sunny tropical climate, and duty-free shopping luxuries that the island still boasts. With this influx of tourism, the island changed completely, increasing its number of inhabitants, and, economically, becoming one of the most affluent islands in the Caribbean.

Sint Maarten now welcomes more than 900,000 cruise ship visitors and 570,000 plane arrivals a year. The island has innumerable hotels, guesthouses, villas, and apartments. Over 80 different nationalities are represented on the island, with English, French, Dutch, and Spanish being the most commonly used languages. Saint Maarten is known as “the friendly island,” having an open-minded society that brings together over 80 nationalities living together in peace—making it popular for vacationers and Quotarians alike!

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