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The smallest island in the world ever to have been partitioned between two different nations, St. Martin/St. Maarten in the Caribbean has been shared by the French and the Dutch in a spirit of neighborly cooperation and mutual friendship for almost 350 years. The border is almost imperceptible and people cross back and forth without ever realizing they are entering a new country. The only marker is a monument between Union Road and Bellevue, testifying to centuries of peaceful cohabitation and the treaty that made the arrangement possible.

Although its historical truth is somewhat less than ironclad, local legend claims that a Dutchman and Frenchman stood back-to-back and walked in opposite directions around the shoreline, drawing the boundary from the spot where they met.

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