April 18, 2008

St Barth's

clipped from www.flickr.com

Saint Barths, a lovely destination and a very interesting history! Check this out:

1496 : Christopher Colombus discovers the island and names it after his brother Bartholomew.

1648 : first arrivals of European colonists.

1651 : the island is sold to Knights of Malta.

1690-1764 : War between France and England for control of the region.

1785 : the island is handed over to Sweden in exchange for the right to maintain commercial warehouses.

1801-1802 : occupation by the British.

1847 : abolition of slavery on St-Barts.

1878 : the island reverts to France on March 16.

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