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History of St. Barts

St. Barts island history Discovered by Columbus in 1493, and named for his brother Bartolomeo, St. Barths was first settled in 1648 by French colonists from the nearby island of St. Kitts. This original settlement was not a grand success, and, in 1651, the i...

Whale Week Whale Week Saturday, 01 April 2006

From April 18-25, the Marine Park in Saint Barth organized an informational week about the underwater environment, and focused on cetaceans. The event included a thorough exhibit about the world of marine mammals, some of which are endangered...

March 24 plane crash March 24 plane crash Friday, 17 August 2001

If the preliminary report concerning the March 24 plane crash in St. Barth contains no revelations as to the causes of the catastrophe...

Supervisory Board of IEDOM Vis... Supervisory Board of IEDOM Vis... Monday, 07 November 2005

On October 14, the supervisory board of IEDOM (Institut d’Emission des Départements d’Outre-mer) met at City Hall. This meeting was a first in the political annals of the island, and took place as it nears the eminent transformation to an Overseas Collectivity...

GETTING BACK TO NORMAL GETTING BACK TO NORMAL Thursday, 16 November 2000

I got back to St Barth on November 1 (after a few weeks break in the United States) and hit the ground running. I no sooner kicked off my high-top Nikes and slipped into flip-flops than I was off on a tour of the island's cemeteries...

An Active UMP Federation of St... An Active UMP Federation of St... Sunday at 12:32 pm

Presided by Bruno Magras, the newly formed, yet already active UMP Federation of St. Barthélemy held a party on November 4 at the Wall House restaurant, in order to watch the victory of president-elect Barack Obama on a large screen TV. More than 150 people attended this event, which was organized b...

Taxes Taxes Saturday, 19 December 1998

For many decades St. Barths' residents have been exonerated from the dazzling array of French taxes, in part, because of the terms of the 1878 treaty of acquisition, but, in larger part, because of neglect...

Hospital, The paths to progres... Hospital, The paths to progres... Monday at 05:52 pm

Eleven years ago, in November of 1990, some 500 people gathered outside the Hospital de Bruyn's meeting room to protest the fact that the island's only maternity ward had been laid idle by administrative decision makers in distant shores...

Songs of Sirens Songs of Sirens Sunday at 06:20 pm

After long and careful consideration, the French government has decided to intervene in behalf of the legions of unsupervised pre-toddlers that may be putting themselves at risk by crawling around in the vicinity of private swimming pools...

The Overseas Collectivity of S... The Overseas Collectivity of S... Tuesday at 08:16 pm

Ever since the Franco-Swedish Treaty of August 10, 1877 whereby St. Barthélemy was ceded to the French, the unique nature of the historical treatment of the island of Saint Barthélemy as a result of its specific social, geographical and economic realities is something that, although never completely...


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