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Adventure Guide to St. Martin & St. Barts, 2nd Edition by Lynne Sullivan

By Lynne Sullivan

The fantastic islands of St. Martin and St. Barts are exact, every one of them delivering sandy shores, awesome transparent waters and close to excellent year-round temperatures. St. Martin, with its half-French, half-Dutch ancestry is filled with stylish boutiques that promote the very most modern models at duty-free costs. It additionally boasts the various most interesting eating places and spas within the Caribbean. The island of St. Barts has a peacefulness that entices viewers again yr after yr. With its quite pleasant surroundings and gorgeous surroundings, this island is a perfect situation for the main stress-free vacation of your lifestyles. Whichever island you visit, and no matter what you opt to do, this "Adventure consultant" might be your crucial better half.

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5 liters of liquor, four liters of wine, and 300 cigarettes. Do not try to enter the Caribbean with illegal drugs, including marijuana. Possessing even a small amount will land you in jail and cost you more than you’ll want to pay to get out. If you take prescription medications, carry them in the original labeled container, and if they contain narcotics, get a note from your doctor or carry a copy of the prescription. Returning Home n 43 n Returning Home Each country has its own regulations for taxing and exempting purchases made by residents traveling to a foreign country.

But freedom was bittersweet and short-lived, because the administrators sent to govern the islands took every opportunity to revoke the rights of former slaves. Napoleon Bonaparte reinstated slavery during his reign and the blacks were enslaved when England once again retook St. Martin in the early 1800s. In 1816, France gained lasting sovereignty over Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Barts, and St. Martin in the Treaty of Vienna. Thirty-two years later, Frenchman Victor Schoelcher led a successful campaign to permanently abolish slavery in French territory.

While the other Indes Occidentales established profitable sugar plantations, St. Barts didn’t have the natural resources to join in. Instead, colonists scratched out a meager living as farmers, and tried to defend themselves against hostile takeovers by foreign troops. One invasion the islanders didn’t resist was from pirates and privateers, who brought along ship loads of goodies. Privateer is the politically correct term for a pirate who plunders with government authorization. Montbars the Exterminator A French hoodlum who allegedly roamed the seas in search of Spanish galleons during the 1700s, Montbars presumably was one of the infamous corsairs (a French pirate) who found refuge on St.

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