St Eustatius has a proud Caribbean heritage as well as strong ties to its motherland, the Netherlands. One of the most important holidays on St Eustatius is Emancipation Day, which commemorates the abolition of slavery in the Caribbean. At the same time, another is Queen’s Day, which honors the Dutch monarchy’s figureheads. Because Catholicism is the dominant religion, Christian holidays such as Easter and Christmas are significant.
The history of St. Eustatius is fascinating and varied. While the island may appear to be a peaceful slice of paradise now, it was once the most important port in the growing empires of European nations. The country has only strong ties to the United States since it was the first to acknowledge the newly established United States of America as an independent country in an act known as the “first salute.” The ties between the United States and the relatively small island were subsequently cemented when Franklin D. Roosevelt, the United States 32nd president, had ancestors from St Eustatius. Despite this, St Eustatius has a robust Dutch identity. It was recognized as a “special municipality” of the Netherlands in 2010 after being a colony since 1636.
Although St Eustatius does not have its distinct cuisine, some delectable Creole (African-American) options are for those seeking something a little more exotic. Although visitors will find various international eateries, including European, American, and Asian, the Dutch’s food is primarily influenced.