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View of Fort Oranje high above the Caribbean Sea on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius, also known as Statia.

Lacking bigger sand beaches or larger airport, Statia is not likely to became a major tourist attraction. But it offers beautiful nature, friendly village atmosphere and above all historical landmarks.

It is hard to imagine the importance of this little island had to Caribbean region and North America. While Britain, France and Spain were often busy settling their territorial disputes, the Dutch were able to concentrate on making business, large part of it being slave trade. During the 17th and 18th century, Statia was a major trading center with some 20,000 inhabitants and thousands of ships calling at her shores. And during the latter part of the 18th century, St. Eustatius was the major supplier of arms and ammunition to the rebellious British Colonies in North America and the subject of conflict among the most powerful seafaring nations of the time.

(More information at http://www.statiatourism.com/)

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