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Sint Maarten

Tomorrow is St. Martin's Day.

Martin, officer in the Roman army in the imperial cavalry guard, became bishop in Tours in Gallia, in the 4th century.

In the 6th century Clovis, King of the Franks, adopted Christianity and the cult of St. Martin.

In the 7th century the Carolingians built a church of St. Martin in Utrecht, to christen the Frisians.

In the 8th century the bishop of Utrecht built a church of St. Martin in Groningen.
Permalink Lotti Fuehrscheim 
November 10th, 2017 2:16pm
Not much of a holiday this year in the Caribbean.
Permalink Shylock 
November 10th, 2017 2:33pm
On March 23, 1648, the Kingdom of France and the Dutch Republic agreed to divide the island between their two territories, with the signing of the Treaty of Concordia. Folklore surrounds the history of the once ever-changing border division between St. Martin and Sint Maarten.

A popular story among locals narrates that "to divide the island into two sections, [in 1648] the inhabitants were told to choose two walkers, one chosen by the French-dominated community and the other one by the Dutch-dominated community, who were put back to back in one extreme of the island, making them walk in opposite directions while stuck to the littoral line, and not allowing them to run. The point where they eventually met was set as the other extreme of the island, and the subsequently created line was chosen as the frontier, dividing Saint-Martin from Sint Maarten.
Permalink Io 
November 12th, 2017 8:43am
Seemingly, the French walker had walked more than his Dutch counterpart (they earned their respective lands 54 km² and 32 km²). As the first man chose wine as his stimulant prior to the race, while the latter chose Jenever (Dutch Gin), the difference between such beverages' lightness was said to be the cause of the territorial differences by French locals, while Dutch locals tended to blame the French walker for running.
Permalink Io 
November 12th, 2017 8:44am
I'm honestly surprised that Io is an alias of Lotti.

The drunk Romanian bit was a good misdirection. Great work.
Permalink Reality Check 
November 13th, 2017 2:04pm
Wow, just wow.
Permalink Z 
November 13th, 2017 3:36pm
If I copy from Wikipedia, I add quotes and a link.
Permalink Lotti Fuehrscheim 
November 13th, 2017 3:41pm
Lotti, you do write English like a Wikipedia article lol...
Permalink Shylock 
November 13th, 2017 8:28pm

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