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Windmill returns to island

BOARDWALK: A windmill has returned to St. Maarten, though not a working one. The decorative windmill complete with “sails” can be found on Boardwalk Boulevard not far away from Captain Hodge Wharf. The spot houses the Dutch Blond Beach Bar.

But, the island is home to many windmill ruins. These structures were used to generate power on the plantations, to move water and for other plantation work. The ruins are now just crumbling stones that are overgrown by weeds. Some of these historical ruins are listed as monuments or parts of monuments such as the Belvedere Plantation. Have you seen any of these ruins?

Regarded as an icon of Dutch culture, there are some 1,000 windmills in the Netherlands today.

Windmills were used throughout the high medieval and early modern periods; the horizontal or panemone windmill first appeared in Greater Iran during the ninth century, the vertical windmill in northwestern Europe in the 12th century.

A windmill is a structure that converts wind power into rotational energy by means of vanes. 



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