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 ABC 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 again. Since the early 19th century the three islands
mostly stayed under Dutch control.
As of 2010 St. Maarten is an autonomous constituent country and Saba and St Eustatius
are special Dutch municipalities, all within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
On September 7th 2017 the catagory 5 Hurricane
delivered a direct hit and caused devastating damage to Sint Maarten and, to a somewhat lesser extend, to Saba and
We visited the three Windward Islands in December 2007 and found them distinctly different from each other.