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St Barth - the only island to ever be a Swedish colony in the West Indies

by Markus Lundgren - 3 years, 8 months ago

St Barth was given to Sweden from France in exchange for trading rights in the port of Gothenburg in the 1700s. After a little more than a hundred years as a free trade port St Barths was sold back to France. The Swedish heritage is still very palpable with all information given in French as well as Swedish. The capita, Gustavia, is named after the Swedish king Gustaf. Unfortunately, like Monaco, St Barths is to a large extent also the playground of the rich and the beautiful, so since the only affordable hotel was closed when I visited I chose to spend the night on a park bench. The tiny airport can only receive puddle jumpers, many coming from St Maarten or Guadaloupe.


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