(Statius, Statia, Special Municipality of Sint Eustatius)
• Location: Caribbean (West Indies)
• Capital: Oranjestad
• Language(s): English, Dutch
• Total Area: 21 sq km
• Population: 3,500
• Currency: United States Dollar
• Curious Alcohol Fact: Although small, wines can be easily purchased at the restaurants.
• Annual Average Liquor Consumption Per Capita: Not available
• Most Popular Drink(s): Wines, beers, fruit juices
A constituent of the Netherlands Antilles, Sint Eustatius (sometimes referred to as Statia) is home to two volcanoes. However, there is no need for panic as these volcanoes have been classified as extinct. Situated to the south of Sint Maarten and to the southeast of Saba (both of which are possessions of the Netherlands), Sint Eustatius is to the northwest of Saint Kitts and Nevis and to the southeast of the Virgin Islands (which are shared by the United States and the United Kingdom). Once part of the Netherlands Antilles, Sint Eustatius acquired the status of a special municipality of the Netherlands very recently (in 2010).
With a population of just about 3,500, Sint Eustatius tiny indeed. The islanders are mainly migrants with descendants from Europe, Africa and this is in addition to some indigenous tribes. It must be mentioned that Sint Eustatius is also the site of one of the most important Jewish settlements in the Western Hemisphere. As a matter of fact, one of the oldest Jewish temples was once sited there.
Eating & Drinking in Sint Eustatius
Even though just a few tourists will be impressed with the physical size and the population of Sint Eustatius, you will be thoroughly fascinated with the array of dishes and meals on offer on the small municipality. Without any undue exaggeration, Sint Eustatius is an island of culinary delight. There are many restaurants and eateries all over the island of Sint Eustatius and the good thing about these places is that you can order for meals around the world. A typical menu list at any of these eateries will have delicacies from all parts of the Caribbean, Europe (especially France and the United Kingdom). In fact, there are restaurants offering dishes from various Asian nations.
Interesting Things About Sint Eustatius
• Nieuw Zealand was the former name of Sint Eustatius.
• France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom took their turns in possessing Sint Eustatius.
• Interestingly, the state of Sint Eustatius is the first foreign nation to recognize the United States shortly after independence.
• The island is named for Saint Eustace, a martyr in Christian history.
• In the colonial days, Sint Eustatius was known by a rather majestic name: The Golden Rock.
• Sint Eustatius was the site of the very first recognition of the independence of the United States in 1776.
• Sint Eustatius was once a source of tension between the United States and the United Kingdom.
• One of the most popular tourist attractions on the island is a dormant volcano called the Quill.
• Christopher Columbus is credited with the discovery of the island in 1439.
• In various ways, Sint Eustatius is quite similar to Saba, which is just miles away.
• There is a prestigious medical school on Sint Eustatius and this school is a major contributor to the economic growth of the small municipality.
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