Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

The archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon is a group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, the only remnant of the former colonial empire of New France, remaining under French control. The main islands, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, are just south of the coast of Canada's province of Newfoundland and Labrador, just over 6 miles being the shortest distance to Canada.
The history of the archipelago is full of interesting facts and anecdotes; about possible invasions by Canada, the undermining of the alcohol prohibition in the United States,

the changing control between the British and the French during the 17th and 18th centuries... Too much to list in this tiny blog-post.
In recent history, we saw the movie "Widow of St Pierre", with (film director) Emir Kusturica as the main character together with Juliette Binoche.
And, being part of France, it is obviously beret-country as well. Galerie Ravenel actually sells French-made berets with an interesting logo of Saint Pierre and Miquelon - I continue trying to order one for my collection.

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