The smallest island shared by 2 countries

In 1493, Christopher Columbus first laid eyes on the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Martin. He never set foot on it, but claimed it for Spain.

Over the centuries, the Spanish, the Dutch and the French fought over this tiny 87 km2 (34 sq mi) island. Eventually, the Spanish lost their interest due to strategic reasons and the Dutch and French both failed to fully secure the island despite several skirmishes. They finally agreed to split it in half in the early 1800s and that’s how it still is to this very day.



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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Saint_Martin

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By Directorate of Intelligence, CIA (World Factbook website) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons