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The importance of this book becomes clear from the first page.

As you read through it becomes increasingly clear that this is one topic that the European Dutch can no longer ignore.

The author places herself and her own experiences, both in the US and on Sint Eustatius, within the analytical framework and thereby contrasts her experience within the (white) Dutch pretexts of objectivity and color blindness.

Leslie reinforces her research with carefully selected sources and clearly visualizes the systematic, hierarchical colonial structure and relationship between Sint Eustatius and the Netherlands.

She not only puts her finger on a sore spot, but also immediately shows how the population of Sint Eustatius can break through this structure and unequal power relationship, how they can achieve their own empowerment, and can actively contribute to island development.