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Saint Martiners


  • Residents of the West Indian island of Saint Martin. For residents of the collectivity of Saint Martin see [Saint-Martinois (Collectivity of Saint Martin).]

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    • Saint Martin Islanders
    • Sint Maarten Islanders
    • Sint Maarteners
    • St. Maarten Islanders
    • St. Maarteners
    • St. Martin Islanders
    • St. Martiners
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    • found: Work cat.: Sekou, Lasana M. 37 poems, 2005:p. ix (uncompromising champion of St. Martin's bid for independence and unification) p. x (Caribbean St. Martin (almost equally shared out by France and The Netherlands today)) p. 44 (St. Martin author; advocate for the independence and unification of the Caribbean island of St. Martin) p. 4 of cover (St. Martin poet)
    • found: House of Nehesi Publishers website, Mar. 30, 2016:about us (House of Nehesi Publishers has been a leading organizer and promoter of reading, writing, publishing, and literary criticism and research in St. Martin. The company's essential objective is the critical development of the "national literature" of St. Martin (North and South) as a natural part of the dynamic, world-class literatures of the Caribbean) Features > About the authors > Lasana M. Sekou (Lasana M. Sekou is the author of 13 books of poetry, monologues, and short stories. He is the leading St. Martin writer and is considered as one of the prolific Caribbean poets of his generation; an advocate for the independence of St. Martin, which is a colony of France and the Netherlands; biography in French: un écrivain saint-martinois; biography in Dutch: een vooraanstaande auteur uit St. Martin)
    • found: Poetry International Rotterdam website, Mar. 30, 2016(Lasana M. Sekou (Netherlands Antilles, 1959). Lasana M. Sekou is the pen name of H.H. Lake. Sekou was born on Aruba, but grew up on the partly French, partly Dutch island of Saint Maarten.)
    • found: "The polyglot pride of St. Martin" : an interview with Lasana M. Sekou, via SX salon website, posted 27 Oct. 2010, viewed on Mar. 30, 2016(St. Martin people; St. Martiners; St. Martiners (both parts of the island); English is the popular language, it is the lingua franca historically of the St. Martin people. In the South, which is a colony of the Netherlands, English is now an official language along with Dutch; in the North, a colony of France, the official language and language of instruction in the schools is French; the St. Martin nation; while the language allegiances of the territorial governments are to Dutch in the South and French in the North, most of the island's media and commerce are conducted in English. The nation's seminal literature is in English but the colonial languages are the languages of instruction in most of the island's schools; Lasana M. Sekou uses the traditional or what he calls the nationalist spelling of St. Martin to refer to the entire island - instead of the Dutch spelling of St. Maarten for the Dutch part in the South and the French spelling of Saint-Martin for the French part in the North)
    • found: The world factbook, via WWW, Mar. 30, 2016(separate entries for Saint Martin and Sint Maarten; under Saint Martin: Although sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and claimed for Spain, it was the Dutch who occupied the island in 1631 and set about exploiting its salt deposits. The Spanish retook the island in 1633, but continued to be harassed by the Dutch. The Spanish finally relinquished Saint Martin to the French and Dutch, who divided it between themselves in 1648. Friction between the two sides caused the border to frequently fluctuate over the next two centuries, with the French eventually holding the greater portion of the island (about 57%). In 2003, the populace of Saint Martin voted to secede from Guadeloupe and in 2007, the northern portion of the island became a French overseas collectivity. In 2010, the southern Dutch portion of the island became the independent nation of Sint Maarten within the Kingdom of the Netherlands; no demonym listed for either Saint Martin (overseas collectivity) or Sint Maarten)
    • found: Wikipedia, Mar. 30, 2016(Saint Martin (French: Saint-Martin; Dutch: Sint Maarten) is an island in the northeast Caribbean; divided roughly 60/40 between France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands; the southern Dutch part comprises Sint Maarten and is one of four constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The northern French part comprises the Collectivité de Saint-Martin (Collectivity of St. Martin) and is an overseas collectivity of France; collectively, the two territories are known as "St-Martin/St Maarten"; Demonym: St. Martiner (French); St. Maartener (Dutch))
    • found: Dutch Wikipedia, Mar. 30, 2016(under Sint Maarten (land): English-speaking inhabitants of the island refer to themselves using the Dutch name for the island: Sint Maarteners)
    • found: IPUMS ancestry code conversions 1990 ancestry codes, via WWW, Mar. 30, 2016(St Maartem [sic] Islander (Saba Islander, St Eustatius Islander, St Martin Islander))
  • General Notes

    • Residents of the West Indian island of Saint Martin. For residents of the collectivity of Saint Martin see [Saint-Martinois (Collectivity of Saint Martin).]
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    • Note under [Saint-Martinois (Collectivity of Saint Martin)]
  • Change Notes

    • 2016-03-30: new
    • 2016-11-09: revised
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