The first European to have approached the island is Christopher Columbus, who baptized it in honor of his brother Bartolomeo, during his second trip in 1493.
In 1784, the island was ceded by Louis XVI to King Gustav III of Sweden against a warehouse right in Gothenburg. The Swedish made Saint-Barthélemy a free port in 1785. In tribute to the King of Sweden, the main town on the island (Le Carénage) was renamed Gustavia around 1787. Devastated by a hurricane then by the fire of Gustavia in 1852, Saint-Barthélemy having no more resources and no longer having commercial interest, the king of Sweden and Norway Oscar II decided to let the island to France.
In 1946, the French adventurer Rémy de Haenen landed for the first time an airplane on the island, in a savannah ground where will be built the airport of Saint-Barthélemy-Rémy-de-Haenen. In 1953, he acquired land in the bay of Saint-Jean for a few hundred dollars, including the potential of Saint-Barth. In 1957, David Rockefeller had a modernist villa built there at the cove of Colombier. The billionaire is imitated, and since the 1960s the island has been transformed into a luxury tourist destination, reinforced by the ban on high-rise buildings and the absence of mass tourism.
With its 24 square kilometers, Saint Barths is the smallest French Island of the region, the jewel of the Caribbean.
Completely away from mass tourism, this pearl placed on an azure sea has recently become a popular destination for luxury tourism.
It therefore could seems to be an high end destination, however comfortable alternative solutions remain accessible.