Out of the almost 50 Plantations on St. Maarten, there is none left to remember history in its original state. All have been transformed into modern day facilities and business. What remains of the few visible signs of history has been for the most part inaccessible.
One of the first piece of history to be sold was that of fort Amsterdam which was sold to the Divi Little Bay group and later was fought in court to have part of it returned to the country because of its historical significance. The issue of access however is still a bone of contention. For locals to gain access to the fort they will have to ask permission from hotel security and you are not allowed to drive in. You will have to park on the outside of the Divi premises and walk for a half a mile to get to the fort.
Another piece of history sold in recent times is one of the final remaining Sugar plantation Emilio Wilson Estate, which was sold to Government and later leased out to a rainforest group who have constructed a zip line project primarily for Tourist to enjoy. What about the people of the country who would want to reflect on their past and have placed value on these historical sights? A people who don’t know their past will never know where and what will be their future.