Monday 25 May 2020

St Eustatius (Dutch Antilles, 1958)

St Eustatius is one of those volcanic upthrusts that sustains life, leisure and a vibrant economy in the Caribbean. It has some lovely nomenclature: it is known locally as Statia, it surrounds the Quill volcano. The Dutch arrived in the 1660s and set their mark: they created Fort Oranje as their stronghold and set up trading routes for tobacco and sugar. Later, St Eustatius became known as a hub for arms and contraband – sometimes for the good guys, sometimes for the bad. At its peak, the island had a population of around 10,000 but is now home to around 4,000 people and port for passing cruise ships.

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