Windwardside (also written Windward Side ) is a village on the island of Saba , one of the Netherlands' special communities in the Caribbean . With around 400 inhabitants, it is the second largest settlement on Saba after the main town, The Bottom . As the name suggests, is the village in the east Sabas, on the prevailing wind facing windward side (Engl. Windward ) of the island.
Permanent settlements of Caribbean indigenous people have been proven for the area of today's Windwardside since the year 400. The settlement consisted of a series of huts made of wood, fiber and leaves, surrounded by fire pits. The history of European colonization of the area is controversial. Local stories tell of a settlement of Windwardside as a coffee and sugar plantation, starting from the neighboring island of Sint Eustatius . Older residents point to the remains of an alleged sugar refinery on the east coast of the island.
Windwardside has been supplied with electricity since January 23, 1964.
The place is characterized by tourism and offers several hotels and inns, various shopping opportunities and souvenir shops. The hiking trail to the top of Mount Scenery , the highest point in the Netherlands, starts in Windwardside. The Harry L. Johnson Museum, with exhibits on Sabanian history, was set up in a historic cottage in the village.
- Corinne L. Hofmann, Menno MLP Hoogland: Saba's first inhabitants . Sidestone Press, 2016, ISBN 978-90-8890-359-5 , pp. 112 .
- A. Grenfell Price: White Settlement in Saba, Dutch West Indies. Retrieved June 26, 2018 .
- Company History. Saba Electric Company, 2015, accessed June 26, 2018 .
- Harry L. Johnson Museum. Retrieved June 26, 2018 .