St Eustatius

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St Eustatius
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Popular nickname

Most islanders and knowing visitors use the abbreviated name Statia (stay'-shuh).


Statia changed hands 22 times among the Dutch, British, Spanish and French.

Rich history

Many come by sea or air from the nearby island of St Martin/St Maarten.

During one of the Dutch periods

Statia was an important port that trans-shipped arms to the American colonists (much to the displeasure of the British).


At that time, the population was estimated at 12,000, several times larger than today's count.

Archeological sites

Statia has hundreds, most dating back to pre-Columbian times.


Dutch is the island's official language but English is widely used.

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