This page includes lighthouses of two small territories, one of France and one of the Netherlands, located in the Leeward Islands at the northeastern corner of the Caribbean Sea. Saint-Martin is unique among Caribbean islands in having been divided between two colonial powers. Since 1648, France has occupied the northern portion (roughly 2/3 of the whole) of the island, while the Netherlands has occupied the southern portion, known as Sint Maarten. Marigot is the capital and largest town of French St.-Martin, and Philipsburg is the capital and largest town of Sint Maarten.
The two French territories of St.-Martin and St.-Barthélemy were formerly governed as dependencies of the larger island of Guadeloupe, but since 2007 they have reported separately to Paris as collectivités of France. The Dutch territory of Sint Maarten was attached administratively to the Netherlands Antilles for many years, but in October 2010 it became a separate state associated with the Netherlands.
Most of the lighthouses of the Lesser Antilles are very poorly known, so information about them would be welcome, and photos are especially welcome.
ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume J of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA numbers are from Publication 110.
Marigot Light, St.-Martin, January 2010
photo copyright Rosalie Beasley; used by permission
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Adjoining pages: North: Anguilla | Southeast: St.-Barthélemy | South: Saba and Sint Eustatius
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Posted December 8, 2005. Checked and revised November 10, 2014. Lighthouses: 1. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.