Welcome to Sint Eustatius
Incredibly, Statia was the world's busiest seaport for cargo transported between Europe and the American colonies in the late 18th century, when thousands of ships loaded and unloaded goods and slaves in 'Golden Rock' every year. In 1776, Statia made world history when it became the first nation to recognize the newly independent USA. Later part of the since-dissolved Netherlands Antilles, Statia became a 'special municipality' of the Netherlands in 2010. Today, its economic backbone is the vast oil storage terminal. Statia itself, though, is a model in renewable energy as its vast solar park supplies 100% of the island's energy between 9am and 7:30pm, thereby reducing its carbon footprint by 4.5 million kg per year.