SX is the recently established Internet country-code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) for St. Maarten, which became an autonomous country in the Dutch Kingdom on October 10, 2010. The digraph .SX succeeds the retiring .AN country code for the former Netherlands Antilles. The registry of the .SX Top Level Domain (TLD) is managed by SX Registry SA.
Often referred to as the crossroads of the Caribbean, Sint Maarten is located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, approximately 150 miles southeast of Puerto Rico. The island is just three hours from New York City and two hours forty-five minutes from Miami.
The 37-square-mile island of Sint Maarten was first settled by the Arawaks and was discovered by Christopher Columbus on behalf of Spain in 1493. Columbus sighted the island on November 11th, the holy day of St. Martin of Tours, and so named the island after him. For the next 150 years the island was passed between Holland, England, France and Spain. The old stone forts that guard many of the island's inlets are proof of the island's turbulent past. In 1648 Sint Maarten was peacefully divided between Holland and France, and today is the smallest landmass in the world to be shared by two sovereign states.
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