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Saint Martin Museum

Saint Martin Museum (7 Fichot Street, Marigot, Saint Martin) — At the southern end of Marigot, near a Catholic church, is a museum devoted to St. Martin’s history and culture. A new building exhibits a variety of pre-Columbian (Arawak Indian) artifacts discovered by the Hope Estate Archaeological Society.  Hours:  9:00 am-1:00 pm & 3:00 pm […]

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St. Maarten Museum

St. Maarten Museum (7 Front Street, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten) – located on the Dutch south side of the island, the Sint Maarten Museum hosts rotating cultural exhibits addressing the history, industry, geology, and archaeology of the island.  Artifacts range from Arawak pottery to items recovered from the wreck of the HMS Proselyte.  Hours:  Weekdays only, […]

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Rue de la Republique

Rue de la Republique (Saint Martin) — One of Marigot’s main streets, Rue de la République boasts 19th-century traditional facades that have for the most part retained their architectural authenticity. The ground floors of these dwellings are of stone and lime mortar construction, while the first floors are wooden and built using traditional house construction […]

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Pic du Paradis

Pic du Paradis (Route de Pic du Paradis, Saint Martin) – between Saint Martin’s main town of Marigot and Grand Case, Pic du Paradis (or “Paradise Peak”) is the highest point on this island (at 424 meters) – located toward the center of the island.  Obviously, it appeals to eco-tourists, and offers those reach it […]

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Hope Estate Archaeological Site

Hope Estate Archaeological Site (Grand Case, Saint Martin) — The remains of an Arawak village were found on this one-hectare plateau, 80 metres above sea level and overlooking the Grand Case plain.  These American Indians arrived here from South America around 550BC and established a large circular-shaped village here, which they occupied until 450AD, leaving […]

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Fort Willem I

Fort Willem I (Sint Maarten) — Built by the English in 1801, during the occupation of Sint Maarten, the fort was first known as Fort Trigge, after the officer who had ordered its construction. Captured by the Dutch, it was renamed Fort Willem I, as a tribute to the King of Holland.  With breath taking […]

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Fort Louis

Fort Louis (Saint Martin) — Overlooking Marigot Bay and with views across to Anguilla, Fort Louis was built in 1789 by the people of Marigot under the command of Jean Sébastien de Durat, then governor of Saint Martin and Saint Barths on behalf of the French Crown. The primary purpose of the fort was to […]

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Fort Amsterdam

Fort Amsterdam (Great Bay, Sint Maarten) — Fort Amsterdam was the first fort to be built by Dutch settlers in the Caribbean, in 1631. The Spaniards seized the fort two years later and chose to enlarge it and strengthen its defences in order to protect the sea route to the Greater Antilles and Puerto Rico […]