The title is of course unfair to friendly, present day Statians. This is St. Eustatius Historical Foundation Museum which is located in the center of Oranjestad in the 18th century house of Simon Doncker, who was a wealthy merchant.
The museum is full of information of colonial era when St. Eustatius was a rich trade island with a thriving economy and a cosmopolitan population. Lack of rainfall prohibited a sucessful plantation economy, therefore the Dutch could focus all their attention on trade. the Dutch established free trade in their overseas colonies, free from taxation and regulations (such as those enforced by the other Colonial powers). Thus St. Eustatius became neutral trading hub for enslaved Africans, finished products from Europe and raw materials from the Americas. As many as 200 vessels could lay anchor in Oranje Bay at one time.
(More information on St. Eustatius Historical Foundation pages.)
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Budapestman (82620) 2010-06-02 2:36
a superb photo of this interesting place with attractive composition and splendid note, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
John_F_Kennedy (41980) 2010-06-02 4:02
These houses made of natural material look great. Good capture and frame. Well done.
dkmurphys (45859) 2010-06-02 5:22
Beautiful old colonial building. Nice colors and lights. Good work.
danos (82673) 2010-06-02 8:15
nice presentation of the St. Eustatius museum with the informative note to completes the knowledge about this.This is the first time that i see a photo from Netherlands Antilles.
Have a nice afternoon,danos
gunbud (34066) 2010-06-02 17:19
Beautiful architecture seen in strong light that brings out sharp details.
The blue sky makes a nice contrast to the red roof and your note was most informative.
flubwubs (24) 2010-06-03 4:01
an interesting documentative shot, with good clarity and nice natural colours. Details are good too. The sky seems a little overexposed on my monitor, but nothing too bad! Thanks for the informative notes also.
plimrn (21344) 2010-06-03 19:12
You framed the colonial building nicely against the Caribbean sky. I can see the source of your comments on the differences between islands; the lack of rainfall is apparent. On islands like Maui, one sees those differences between the two sides of the island, the wet side and the dry side.
The whole story of slavery is so horrifying that it seems to linger like a ghost in those areas where it was practiced. However, the thought that it is still being practiced is even worse than its ghost.
alvaraalto (5475) 2010-06-10 7:13
Good picture of this museum which shows the dark sides of our history. The trade of slaves is a black page in our history-book. Nowadays we try to compensate this with a contribution of more than 0,8% BNP to development cooperation.
- Copyright: Kari Tanskanen (ktanska) (23922)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-03-31
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Easter week at Caribbean
- Date Submitted: 2010-06-02 1:46