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Saint-Barthélemy is a French island located in the Caribbean at Template:Coor dm . Administratively it is part of Guadeloupe, which is an overseas department of France. The island is also known as Saint Barts, Saint Barths, or Saint Barth. In 2003 the population voted in favour of secession of Guadeloupe in order to form a separate territorial collectivity.

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History

Saint-Barthélemy was first claimed by the French in 1648, and except for a century as a Swedish colony between 1785 and 1878, it has remained in French hands.

Geography

Located approximately 150 miles east of Puerto Rico, it lies near the islands of Saint Martin, Saba, and Anguilla.

Gustavia, which is the main town of the island, was named after King Gustav III of Sweden, and remains as a reflection of the Swedish period.

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Saint Barts - NASA NLT Landsat 7 (Visible Color) Satellite Image

Transportation

Saint Barts has a small airport (IATA identifier SBH) that is served by small regional commercial aircraft and charters. Most visiting aircraft carry less than twenty passengers, such as the Twin Otter, a common sight around Saint Barths and throughout the northern West Indies.

Miscellaneous

Most hotels in Saint Barts are small and exclusive, but private villas are also available. There are no timeshares.

It is rumored that Jimmy Buffett wrote "Cheeseburger in Paradise" at now famous Le Select, a restaurant and bar located in Gustavia.

See also

External links

de:Saint-Barthélemy (Guadeloupe) fr:Saint-Barthélemy (Guadeloupe) nl:Saint Barthélemy sv:Saint-Barthélemy

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