Island (pop., 2007 est.: 1,491) of the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. It lies 16 mi (26 km) northwest of Sint Eustatius, with which it forms the Lesser Antilles. It has an area of 5 sq mi (13 sq km) and is the peak of an extinct volcano, Mount Scenery. It was settled by the Dutch in 1632, but its inaccessibility and ruggedness prevented it from achieving economic importance, and it was often a buccaneers' stronghold. The economy depends heavily on tourism.
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