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Some local dishes of St. Maarten are:


o Chicken leg and Johnny cake

o Salt fish

o Bull foot soup

o Pigeon peas

o Goat water

o Cornmeal and Fish

o Pig Ear Sauce

o Stew pig feet

o Oyster soup

o Stew beef and carrot

o Conchs Dumpling

o Sweet potato  



National bird


National bird

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

The brown pelican is the national bird of St. Maarten and it is a part of

our coat of arms. It’s a large bird with a wingspan between 105-14

with its characteristic bill and with its huge throat pouch its easy recognize.

It commonly soars upwards before plunge-diving vertically with its wings almost

folded in pursuit of fish. The species is most often seen solitary or in small groups,

flying in a single file. It commonly perches on posts or exposed rocks near the

water’s edge. Its nesting grounds here are at Fort Amsterdam. Pelican breed

mainly between March and July. With two to four eggs in each nest. Habitat loss,

human disturbance  and hunting have all played a part in the decline of the species

over the last couple of decades.



National tree


The National Tree

The Flamboyant tree, (Royal Poinciana)

Also known as Flame Tree, July Tree, Peacock Flower

Originally from Madagascar, but can be found throughout the entire Caribbean.

The Tree symbolizes emancipation. It blooms between June to September with red, yellow and orange blossoms.



National flower


The National Flower

Orange-Yellow Sage (Lantana Camara)

Aka Spanish flag, West Indian Lantana, bloodflower

Common throughout the Netherlands Antilles.

The West Indian Lantana has become popular in gardens for

its hardy nature. It is not affected by pests or

disease. The Sage has low water requirements and is tolerant

of extreme heat. It is a favorite species of butterflies.



St. Maarten Song


The St. Maarten Song

The St. Maarten song was written and composed by Father G. Kemps

Born in Venraay, the Netherlands, in 1902. Father Kemps was a Roman Catholic priest who worked for over 30 years on Saint Martin (French side)


O Sweet St. Maarten land


Where over the world, say where:

You find an Island there,

So lovely small with nations free,

With people French and Dutch,

Though talking English much,

As the St. Martin in the sea?


O, sweet Saint Martin's Land

So bright by beach and strand

With sailors on the sea

And harbours free;

Where the chains of mountains green

Variously in sunlight sheen;

O, I love thy Paradise,

Nature beauty fairly nice!

How pretty between all green

Flamboyant’s beaming gleam

Of flowers red by sunlight set!

Thy cows and sheep and goats

In meadows or on roads,

They donkeys keen can't I forget


Saint Martin, I like thy name,

In which Columbus fame,

And memories of old are closed.

For me a great delight:

Thy Southern Cross the night.

May God the Lord protect thy coast!



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