Concordia Day

Concordia Day

November 11
A public holiday on the island of St. Maarten in the West Indies, Concordia Day commemorates the 1648 agreement to divide the island between the Dutch and the French. To this day, St. Maarten is the smallest territory shared by two sovereign states, with only a stone monument and two hand-lettered signs marking the boundary.
Concordia Day celebrates the long-standing peaceful coexistence of the two countries by holding parades and a joint ceremony with French and Dutch officials at the obelisk border monument. November 11 is also the anniversary of the island's discovery in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, who named it after St. Martin, on whose feast day it was discovered.
CONTACTS:
St. Maarten Tourist Office
675 Third Ave., Ste. 1806
New York, NY 10017
800-786-2278 or 212-953-2084; fax: 212-953-2145
www.st-maarten.com
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 189
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