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Thursday, July 3, 2014

COUNTRY # 214: Caribbean Netherlands

Welcome country #214 to this blog site:  Caribbean Netherlands (CN).  I didn't know there was such an entity.  This gets confusing, but on 10 October 2014, the Netherlands Antilles dissolved, with Curacao and Sint Maarten becoming autonomous countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, known as the BES Islands, becoming the Caribbean Netherlands:


Good luck trying to find these three above.  The total population is 21,133.  The currency is the American dollar and they speak Dutch.  Their flag is similar to that of France, except the stripes are horizontal for the CN.

Netherlands is vertically challenged, but the island of Saba is essentially a mountain, at a max elevation of 2828 feet, the highest point in the Kingdom of the Netherlands (also know as Netherlands...as in Europe):


This island is only 5 square miles with a population of less than 2000.  Pirate Hiram Breakes (right) lived here and coined the term:  Dead Men Tell No Tales.  Breakes did terrible things, had his men invade a convent and marry the nuns and ultimately committed suicide.

Corruption and integrity violations can be found on the three islands.  So how is  this different from other places in the world?

Beautiful St Marteen:


But, whoops, that is not part of the Caribbean Netherlands.  Here a resident of Bonaire:


While an oil terminal with 40 large tanks is jeopardizing the lifestyle and harmony of St Eustatius, the Golden Rock (2000 feet tall) dominates:


The three Lt. Governors run the government:

Lydia Emerencia of Bonaire:


Gerald Berkel of St Eustatius:


Jonathan Johnson of Saba:


Says something about racial and gender diversity.

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