The three Dutch Leeward Islands
are located to the east of Puerto Rico, between Anguilla and St Kitts. The islands are some
900 km northeast of the three Dutch Leeward islands.
Sint Maarten is by far the largest of the three, both in size
and population but It shares the island with French Saint Martin.
During the 17th and 18th century the islands changed hands
many times. Dutch, French, Brits and Spaniards gained posession and lost it later on. Since early 19th century the three islands
mostly stayed under Dutch control.
Since 2010 St. Maarten is a constituent country and Saba and St Eustatius are special Dutch
municipalities, all within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
We visited the three Windward Islands in December 2007.