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60Mil BC
The Antilles Islands [of the West Indies] broke off from the Mesoamerican mainland about 60 million years ago. The islands of Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica and Puerto Rico comprise the Greater Antilles, and a group of smaller islands comprise the Lesser Antilles.
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1493 Nov 13
Columbus sighted Saba, North Leeward Islands (Netherland Antilles).
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1648
The island of St. Martin in the Lesser Antilles was divided between the French and Dutch. The southern half went to the Dutch as Sint Maarten, while the northern half, Saint Martin, became part of the French department of Guadeloupe. Legend has it that a Dutchman and a Frenchman stood back to back at the center of the island and paced of their shares. The Dutchman stopped often to drink beer and was left with the smaller share.
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1759 Apr 23
British seized Basse-Terre and Guadeloupe in the Antilles from France.
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1762 Feb 5
Martinique, a major French base in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, surrendered to the British.
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1776 Sep 6
A hurricane hit Martinique; 100 French & Dutch ships sank and 600 died.
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1790 Jun 9
Civil war broke out in Martinique.
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1806 Mar
Frederic Tudor arrived in the brigantine Favorite at a Martinique port with 130 tons of New England ice. An anticipated icehouse and his partners were nowhere to be found, so Tudor peddled the ice directly from the ship and convinced a local restaurateur to sell the previously unknown dessert, ice cream. Despite his efforts, Tudor lost $4,000 on the venture, the first of several setbacks throughout his rocky business career.
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1902
On the French Island of Martinique in the east W. Indies, the Mt. Pelee volcano blew its top and wiped out the town of St. Pierre. A pyroclastic flow killed over 29,000 people.
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1954 Dec 15
With the proclamation of the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles attained equal status with the Netherlands proper and Suriname in the overarching Kingdom of the Netherlands.
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1954
The 5 islands of the Netherlands Antilles were federated. These included Bonaire, Curacao, St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius.
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1979
On the island of Bonaire, Netherland Antilles, a Marine Park was legislated to protect everything living or dead from the high tide mark to a depth of 200 feet.
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1983
The Martinique film “Sugar Cane Alley” was directed by Euzhan Palcy. It was set in 1931 and was about an orphan boy whose grandmother is determined to get him an education.
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1998 Aug 3
US researchers announced the discovery of a number of new species on the island of Navassa, a US territory of 2 sq. miles in the Greater Antilles, 40 miles west of Haiti.
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2001 Mar 15
A St. Maarten registered boat carrying illegal migrants sank near St. Martin in the Antilles and at least 20 people were killed.
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2001 Mar 24
An Air Caraibes Twin Otter plane with mostly French tourists from St. Maarten crashed on the Caribbean island of St. Barthelemy and killed all 19 aboard and one person in the house.
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2002 Aug 31
The justice minister of the Netherlands Antilles said Colombian assassins are behind a series of execution-style slayings in Curacao, which has seen drug seizures soar in recent years. There have been 28 killings since the beginning of the year.
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2003 May 23
The Democratic Party in the Dutch Caribbean territory of St. Maarten won legislative elections, winning support for its platform of working with the regional government before seeking independence from the Netherlands.
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2006 Jan 27
Five Caribbean islands held their last parliamentary elections as members of a unified Netherlands Antilles. Curacao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius have set a target date of July 1, 2007 for breaking off to form their own governments.
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2007 Sep 2
Hurricane Felix strengthened into a dangerous Category 4 storm as it toppled trees and flooded homes on a cluster of Dutch islands before churning its way into the open waters of the Caribbean.
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2009 Sep 25
On the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao James Hogan (49), a US diplomat, was reported missing by his wife. On Oct 1 authorities confirmed that DNA on bloody clothes found along Baya Beach matched with Hogan. Curacao, the headquarters of the Netherlands Antilles government, lies about 40 miles (65km) off Venezuela's coast.
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2009 Nov 2
The Netherlands Antilles launched an amnesty program that would provide residence and working papers for thousands of illegal immigrants. An estimated 70,000 immigrants lived in the 5 Dutch islands without valid papers or work permits.
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2010 Sep 17
In St. Maarten two major parties expected to dominate the election of 15 parliamentary representatives who will lead the Dutch territory when it becomes an autonomous country next month. St. Maarten and Curacao will become countries within the Dutch kingdom when the Netherlands Antilles are dissolved Oct. 10. The islands of Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire will become special Dutch municipalities and respond directly to the Dutch government.
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2014 Jan 15
It was reported that some 200 cases of chikungunya, a debilitating sickness due to a mosquito-borne virus, have been diagnosed in St. Martin, and that the virus has spread to St. Maarten. New cases were also confirmed in Martinique, Guadeloupe and St. Barthelemy.
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