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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Ricx (13495) 2010-05-30 23:58
Hi Kari, a fascinating note to this simple castle.. our ancestors certainly did live a different life.. great POV > well done and well framed Rich
Budapestman (82620) 2010-05-31 14:37
a spectacular photo of this place with attractive composition and details, the view is beautiful, Tfs! I thank you for your kind note to my thousandth photo! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet Kívánok!
Charo (51210) 2010-06-01 16:19
This beautiful view over the sea, in what was once an old fort and now its guns only serve as decoration.
Excellent light and colors.
PixelTerror (0) 2010-06-02 12:09
Despite the cannons it does not look too formidable from this pov but at least it does get tropical thanks to the palm tree
Have a nice day JY
jemaflor (82098) 2010-06-04 4:24
Well composed and taken with a good light. Good historic place and shot.
- Copyright: Kari Tanskanen (ktanska) (24408)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-03-31
- Categories: Castles
- Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM, HOYA 72mm circular polariser
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Easter week at Caribbean
- Date Submitted: 2010-05-30 23:46