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Saint-Martin (Guadeloupe, France)

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by Mark Sensen

Note: Only the French Flag is Official in Guadeloupe.

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Saint-Martin is located North of Saint-Barthélémy and south of Anguilla. Its southern part (Sint Maarten) belongs to the Netherlands Antilles, whereas itsnorthern part (52 sq. km, 28518 inhabitants) belongs to Guadeloupe. It constitutes, along with Saint-Barthélémy the arrondissement of Saint-Martin-Saint-Barthélémy, whose capital, Marigot, is located in Saint-Martin.
Ivan Sache, 2 April 1999 and Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 20 March 2002

The French part of Saint-Martin (52 sq. km, 28,518 inhabitants) is currently a part of the arrondissement of Saint-Martin-Saint-Barthélémy, one of the three arrondissements which constitute the department of Guadeloupe. The capital city of the arrondissement is Marigot, located on Saint-Martin.
I don't know if the word "dépendances" used in the past to designate the remote island administratively incorporated into Guadeloupe (Marie-Galante, La Désirade, St. B. and St. M. is still in use). Logically, "dépendances" should have been dropped since islands near the European coasts of France are not called "dépendances" of the departments to which they belong and all departments are supposed to have the same status.
Ivan Sache, 27 Febuary 2002

Following 6th December referendum, the French government said it's preparing a constitutional law separating St Martin (French part) and St Barthelemy (Separately) from the Guadeloupe overseas departement. This means both will become Overseas Collectivities (like St Pierre & Miquelon, and Mayotte), and probably get an ISO country code.
Jean-François Blanc, 2 January 2004

Flag (?)


Source: A Vilag Nemzetei by Balough Laszlo (1994)
Christian Berghänel, 30 August 1998

In issue 21 of Balough is a light blue flag with a shield. I have not found in the Balough Bulletins another flag attribued to Saint-Martin. The issues of Balough are from 1995 (number 1) to 1997 (number 23), and the Saint Martin flag is reported in the issue 21. If the book is from 1994 I assume that the info was wrong or that Saint-Martin changed its flag after 1994.
Jaume Olle' , 30 August 1998

This island is split between the Netherlands Antilles and Guadeloupe, which is a French DOM. Sint Maarten has a flag similar to the Philippine wartime flag, but with a coat of arms instead of the sun and stars. Saint-Martin maybe has a flag - the "cocktail glass" design.

Perhaps the Saint-Martin flag alludes to the Sint Maarten flag?
- both flags are blue, red, red and yellow
- both flags have a Y design
- the yellow semi-circle in the Saint-Martin flag could reply to the sun (rising or setting) in the Sint Maarten flag.
Ole Andersen, 21 September 2000