Caribbean Tourism

ST. BARTHELEMY (ST. BARTS): COUNTRY PROFILE AND MAP

GEOGRAPHY:
St. Barthelemy (or St. Barts) lies 125 miles northwest of Guadeloupe and 15 miles southeast of St. Martin. The total land area is 8 sq miles.
ST. BARTHELEMY (ST. BARTS): COUNTRY PROFILE AND MAP
TIME:
EST +1. GMT -4. Daylight savings time is not observed.


CLIMATE:
A dry climate with an average temperature of 72 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

HISTORY:
Discovered by Columbus in 1493 and named for his brother Bartolomeo, it was settled around 1648 by French colonists from nearby St. Kitts. This early settlement did not prosper and in 1651 the island was sold to the Knights of Malta. Five years later it was regained by the Carib Indians, then abandoned until 1673 when it was again settled by the French. This time the colony was successful and the source of much of its prosperity were French buccaneers who swarmed to the island, bringing with them for many years vast quantities of plunder taken from Spanish galleons. Monbars the Exterminator, a famous buccaneer, reputedly maintained quarters in St. Barts and his treasure is believed to still be hidden among the coves of Anse du Gouverneur or buried in the sands of Grande Saline. Except for a brief takeover by the British in 1758, St. Barts remained French until 1784 when it was sold suddenly to Sweden by one of Louis XVI's ministers in exchange for trading rights in Gothenburg. France repurchased the island in 1878.

LANGUAGE:
French is the official language, however English is spoken.

POPULATION:
6,500 (1997 estimate).


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