The Legendary St Maarten/
St Martin Footrace
Whether true or false,
the story of the footrace explains
why St. Martin is larger.
According to legend, the island was divided up by a foot race between a Dutchman, who carried a flask of gin for refreshment, and a Frenchman, who took a flask of wine.
The strong gin supposedly made the Dutchman slower.
Which explains why St. Martin is 21 square miles and St. Maarten only 16 square miles.