National Geographic : 1966 Oct
"Dat mon Rodney!" In lilting West Indian English, a Statia youngster gave the author his opinion of the British admiral who sacked his home island in 1781. Statia's port, Oranje stad (right), then a prosperous city harboring as many as 200 ships at a time, carried on a lively trade with the rebellious American colonies in defi ance of the British. Dutch islanders also irked Britain by giving the first foreign salute to a ship of war flying an American flag. The old print errs in placing Fort Oranje on a spit of land at sea level. In fact, the fort stood on the cliff above the narrow beach. Children (below) scamper among the ruins of one of the Lower Town's toppled warehouses, some of whose 516 walls have fallen into the sea.