National Ordinance on Inheritance and Donation (AB 6 of 2014)). | Land Portal

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This Ordinance of the Governor of Sint Maarten provides rules relative to matters of inheritance. It replaces completely book 4 and title 3 of Book 7 of the Civil Code. It concerns inheritance based on will an intestate. Various provisions concern rights in land, including usufruct and lease of land. Donation shall be effected by notarial deed.

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Although sighted by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1493 and claimed for Spain, it was the Dutch who occupied the island in 1631 and began exploiting its salt deposits. The Spanish retook the island in 1633, but continued to be harassed by the Dutch. The Spanish finally relinquished the island of Saint Martin to the French and Dutch, who divided it amongst themselves in 1648. The establishment of cotton, tobacco, and sugar plantations dramatically expanded African slavery on the island in the 18th and 19th centuries; the practice was not abolished in the Dutch half until 1863.

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