Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Greetings from SINT MAARTEN
For the third day in a row I get to start a new country label, and this one totally unexpected, sent by Patrick, a american postcrosser with whom I've made several swaps. This is the first time I read anything about Sint Maarten, the southern part of Saint Martin Island on the Caribbean Sea, now a autonomic region within the kingdom of Netherlands, a island of strategic importance on the old sea routes and for that divided since 1648 (the northern part is ruled by France). Thank you so much Pat, for this awesome surprise (a cards from a "hard to get" country with the cancellation mark perfectly clear!) - I must admit I really envy your job (that take you from New York to the Caribbean every other month!) but if you keep on sending postcards I think I might forgive you! This postcard took 22 days to arrive!
Sint Maarten is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It encompasses the southern half of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, while the northern half of the island constitutes the French overseas collectivity of Saint-Martin. Its capital is Philipsburg and a total population is 37,000 (population density of 1,100 inhabitants per km²).