French is the official language but, since so many Americans visit St. Barth, some English is spoken at most businesses on the island.
YOUR EXPEREINCE AT ST.BARTS
OUR HOTELS ARE RATED 4 STARS.AND OUR BEDS ARE THE SOFEST. OUR COTTON COMES ALL THE WAY FROM AFRICA!!
OUR DINIG AREA MAINTAIN CLEAN, AND OUR CHEFS ARE HIGHLY TRAINED.
OUR POOLS,HOT TUBES, AND SONAS ARE THE MOST COMFORTABLE WAY TO RELAX AND TO HAVE FUN.
This has to do with the fact that St. Barts, being especially difficult to exploit, often became a trading possession, changing sovereignty several times. Among the Amerindians that first inhabited the island, the Arawak Indians left the name "Ouanalao". This was most probably the very first name of the island.
The land being dry, agriculture was difficult and no gold-bearing deposits were ever found. The island seemed useless and did not represent any great value. The Spanish neglected it... an opportunity for the French to take it over. In 1648, about 30 settlers from the island of Saint-Christophe arrived. Three years later, in 1651, the Order of Malta purchased Saint-Barthélemy. The Order then tried to exploit its new acquisition. As sugar cane culture was not really appropriate, they tried to grow cotton and indigo.