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I was recently in St. Maarten for the second time and learned quite a bit of interesting history about the island. Christopher Colobus sighted it in 1493 and claimed it for Spain, but the Dutch occupied the island in 1631 and exploited it for its salt deposits.

The Spanish retook the island in 1633, but continued to be harassed by the Dutch.

The Spanish finally relinquished St. Martin to the French and Dutch, who divided amongst themselves in 1648.

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