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Discovered in 1493 by Christopher COLUMBUS who named it for his brother Bartolomeo, Saint Barthelemy was first settled by the French in 1648. In 1784, the French sold the island to Sweden, which renamed the largest town Gustavia, after the Swedish King GUSTAV III, and made it a free port; the island prospered as a trade and supply center during the colonial wars of the 18th century.

France repurchased the island in 1877 and took control the following year. It was placed under the administration of Guadeloupe. Saint Barthelemy retained its free port status along with various Swedish appellations such as Swedish street and town names, and the three-crown symbol on the coat of arms. In 2003, the islanders voted to secede from Guadeloupe, and in 2007, the island became a French overseas collectivity.

In 2012, it became an overseas territory of the EU, allowing it to exert local control over the permanent and temporary immigration of foreign workers including non-French European citizens. Hurricane Irma hit the island in September 2017 causing extensive damage, but Saint Barthelemy recovered by early 2018.

  • Colombier Beach;
  • Anse de Grande Saline;
  • Gustavia (includes Fort Karl, Lighthouse)
  • Private Jets, Helicopters and Airliners
  • Finest Onboard Catering
  • Ground Transport and Yachts
  • Luxury Villa & House Rentals
  • Local Guide & 24/7 Assistance
  • Customized Global Services
  • The State's Capital
  • Time Zone
    UTC -4
  • Telephone Code
  • Total Area
    25 Km2
  • Population
    7 093 (2023 est.)
  • Main Languages
    French (primary), English
  • Currency
    Euros (EUR)
  • Airports

    Tropical, with practically no variation in temperature; has two seasons (dry and humid)

    French, Portuguese, Caribbean, Afro-Caribbean

    Celebrations of life are accompanied by a "ti-sec" shot of rum, a baked galette or traditional St. Bart breads, or sweet potato puddings.

    Accras — salt cod fritters served in a spicy Creole sauce

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