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Monument list

 

List of building presented for monument status over 2008 and 2009 of which 42 were approved and 9 are still on appeal.

 

List of monuments :

Fort Amsterdam

Union Farm

Vineyard Building,

Methodist Church

Methodist Manse,

Brick Building

Guava berry Emporium

Pasanggrahan Royal Guest house

Bishop Hill

Madame Estate

L.B. Scott Road 105

Dutch Reformed Cemetery

Mary's Fancy

Front Street 134

The White House (Vlaun House Front Street)

Zoutfabriek Foga

Plantage Belvedere

Verkaveling Zoutpan

Backstreet 171, 153, 152, 93

Dollison house Backstreet

St. Joseph Convent

Court House

Front street 113

Emilio Wilson Estate

Simpson Bay road 11

Simpson Bay road 44

Simpson Bay Old Bridge

St. Petrus Gonzales Chapel (Simpsons Bay)

St. Peters Battery

Ebenezer Plantation

Bethlehem Plantation

St. Joseph School, Frontstreet 28

Oranje School, Frontstreet 100

Sr. Borgia School, Cannergieterstraat

Roman Catholic Church, Frontstreet

Backstreet 44

Frontstreet 37

Frontstreet 56

Frontstreet 57

Frontstreet 59

Frontstreet 96

Frontstreet 171

Henderiksteeg 4

Henderiksteeg 6

Smidsteeg 3

 

 

Monuments

Monuments

Monuments are an important part of St. Maarten’s heritage. In 1992 The Heritage Foundation made the first inventory of the island’s monuments and published a booklet titled, “Historic Tour Guide St. Maarten”

 














In 2000 the government presented a monument ordinance to the public, which was followed by an official monument inventory in 2003. In 2009 forty (40) monuments have been registered in the official monument inventory. The Historical Tour Guide gives residents and tourists the opportunity to explore the monuments on the Dutch side of the island. The Historical Tour Guide is available in the Museum Shop.

 

 

Music

 

Music

String band

                

The most famous string band on Sint Maarten is “Tanny and the Boys”, a cultural icon. The group of golden age musicians play festive music rooted in St Maarten. The band was founded in St. Maarten during the late 70´s, named after the former bandleader Nathaniel “Tanny” Davids. The musicians in the band have played music all their lives and is known as the oldest existing band on the island. All members of the band received royal decorations for their musical contribution. They play at house parties, dances, anniversaries and formal receptions throughout the Caribbean, the Netherlands and Germany. The band has entertained various personalities from Lieutenant Governors, Mayors and even for Queen Beatrix of the Dutch Kingdom.

Steel pan

The steel pan originated in Trinidad and is one of the island's most treasured traditions. The sounds of the steel pan arrived on St. Maarten/St. Martin in the mid-20th century. It is influenced by the descendants of African slaves, who had a history of drum-based rhythms. After animal skin and bamboo drums were banned, steel oil drums were used. From the single note drum, other pans were created that could play full scales. Famous steel pan musicians on           St. Maarten are Chester York and his sons Neville York and Mighty Dow.       The first international movie recorded on St. Maarten is about steel pan music. Titled “The Pan man rhythm of the palms”, it is about the life of steel pan musician Harry Daniel.

   

Ponum

 

The Ponum dance

The dance originated in the time of slavery. It has been said that the Africans celebrated the abolition of slavery by dancing the ponum. It is the official dance of St. Maarten.

 

 

 

Beverages

 

Beverages

GuavaBerry Liqueur

The national drink of St. Maarten is Guava berry liqueur.

Guava berry is a shrub or slender tree reaching 33-55 feet in height and annually bearing a small yellow – orange to dark red (almost black) berry fruit. The tree grows best in low- lying valleys of moderate temperature and can be found in the Bellevue, Columbier and Rambaud areas of French St. Martin. St. Maarteners have traditionally stewed the aromatic Guava berry for use in jams and pies or steeped it with rum and spices to make a very distinctive, bittersweet liqueur. The liqueur is a traditional Christmas drink. It is served to guests in a liqueur glass or a shot glass. It’s quite strong so you sip it.

 

Herbal Tea (Bush Tea)

Many leaves of plants and different bushes in St. Maarten (and throughout the Caribbean) can be used to make tea. Locally called bush tea. The leaves have a very aromatic flavor and some have medicinal properties. Below are a few bushes that can be used for tea.

- Sour sop

- Lemon Grass

- Mint

- Sweet basil

 

Ginger beer

Ginger root is used for a variety of purposes as a delicacy, medicine or spice.

It can also be used to make a Ginger Beer. First start by peeling the skin of the root. Then grate the root and add boiled water. Then let it rest for a few days to build up flavor. The longer you leave it to rest the stronger it gets. Add some lemon or sugar according to taste.

 

 

   

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