The Magnificent blue beads of St. Eustatius

The Weekender asked Statia’s historian Walter Hellebrand about the significance of blue beads: “Statia’s blue beads appeal to the imagination. It is because they are tangible reminders of a time long gone when life on the island was very different and there was slavery. For Statians, it is possible that one of their ancestors wore the beads, or stored them, because in addition to being used for adornment, they also represented wealth and status. They are one of the most direct and ownable links to the forefathers a Statian can have.

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