St. Eustatius (also known as Statia) has the honor of being the first foreign territory to officially recognize the Grand Union Flag of America on November 16,1776
Statia Day Flags Photo Courtesy of SoloCaribe
St Eustatius gave an 11 gun salute in response to the 13 cannon volley by the colonial brigantine Andrew Doria, announcing the United States independence from England.
Statia’s recognition of America’s independence, and that it supplied ammunition and gunpowder to her shores, ultimately resulted in its capture and destruction by the British.
November 16th is “Statia Day.” Local politicos, representatives of the American consulate, marching bands, girl scouts, tourists and press politely listen to speeches before heading off to Fort Oranje, with its turrets overlooking the ocean, for a reenactment of the 11 gun salute.
For the past eight years Statia, along with St. Maarten and other nearby Islands, have participated in the Golden Rock Regatta, a week of sailing and racing.
This year, America made its debut, and raced Statia, St. Maarten, and St. Barths - Statia was crowned the winner.
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View more photo's of Statia in previous blog post - Small, Perfectly Formed and Overlooked Caribbean Island