On this day 11 Nov 1493 Christopher Columbus discovered the island of St. Martin.
The Martin island was named by Christopher Columbus in honor of the saint on whose feast day he sighted it.
Valued for its natural lakes of salt, a scarce commodity in Europe. it changed between Dutch and Spanish hands several times.
In 1648 the Dutch returned to the island to find it occupied by the French, with whom they signed a partition treaty.