The Bottom

The Bottom (formerly Botte) is the capital and largest town of the island of Saba,[2] the Caribbean Netherlands, and is the first stop on the way from Saba's Port in Fort Bay towards the rest of the island. In 2001, it had 462 inhabitants of the total 1,349 islanders.[1]

The Bottom
The Bottom, with the campus of the School of Medicine at the bottom right
The Bottom, with the campus of the School of Medicine at the bottom right
Map of Saba showing The Bottom
Map of Saba showing The Bottom
The Bottom is located in Saba
The Bottom
The Bottom
Map of Saba showing The Bottom
The Bottom is located in Lesser Antilles
The Bottom
The Bottom
The Bottom (Lesser Antilles)
The Bottom is located in Caribbean
The Bottom
The Bottom
The Bottom (Caribbean)
Coordinates: 17°37′34″N 63°14′57″W / 17.62611°N 63.24917°W / 17.62611; -63.24917Coordinates: 17°37′34″N 63°14′57″W / 17.62611°N 63.24917°W / 17.62611; -63.24917
Country Netherlands
Public body Saba
Population
 (2001)[1]
 • Total462
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
ClimateAw

HistoryEdit

The Bottom was founded in 1632 by colonists from Zeeland. The original name of the town was De Botte, old Dutch for "The Bowl", referring to its geographical position in a valley surrounded by the various Mountains. The island attracted Irish and Scottish settlers, and the main language became English. "The Bottom" is an English corruption of this name.[3]

InfrastructureEdit

The Bottom is home to the government offices, a hospital, a nursing home, a sports field, three churches, a library, various shops and the 200 students of the Saba University School of Medicine.[2]

EventsEdit

As capital of the island, The Bottom hosts a number of events throughout the year. During the summer the 'Saba Carnival' is held here. It's a parade full of colour accompanied with the music of steel drums and local artists. It is a highly anticipated event on the Saban calendar as most of the island comes together to dance, sing and enjoy the festival. The Saba Carnival usually lasts for a few days in which the island focuses on The Bottom.

Another event held in the Bottom is 'Saba Day'. This is the national day of the island in which all offices, schools and stores are closed. The island celebrates its diversity and culture through various activities and parades. The Bottom hosts a concert at the sports field where local and other Caribbean artists come to perform. There are fishing competitions at sea, drawing competitions for children etc.

ClimateEdit

Climate data for The Bottom, Saba (1971–2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 30.4
(86.7)
30.8
(87.4)
30.7
(87.3)
31.7
(89.1)
31.9
(89.4)
32.5
(90.5)
32.8
(91.0)
33.2
(91.8)
33.2
(91.8)
32.1
(89.8)
32.0
(89.6)
31.1
(88.0)
33.2
(91.8)
Average high °C (°F) 28.1
(82.6)
27.7
(81.9)
28.3
(82.9)
29.2
(84.6)
30.0
(86.0)
30.4
(86.7)
30.5
(86.9)
30.9
(87.6)
30.8
(87.4)
30.4
(86.7)
29.8
(85.6)
28.6
(83.5)
29.6
(85.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) 25.7
(78.3)
25.3
(77.5)
25.7
(78.3)
26.6
(79.9)
27.4
(81.3)
28.1
(82.6)
28.1
(82.6)
28.5
(83.3)
28.5
(83.3)
28.2
(82.8)
27.4
(81.3)
26.3
(79.3)
27.2
(81.0)
Average low °C (°F) 24.1
(75.4)
23.6
(74.5)
23.9
(75.0)
24.7
(76.5)
25.6
(78.1)
26.2
(79.2)
26.0
(78.8)
26.4
(79.5)
26.5
(79.7)
26.3
(79.3)
25.4
(77.7)
24.7
(76.5)
25.3
(77.5)
Record low °C (°F) 20.8
(69.4)
20.0
(68.0)
21.4
(70.5)
22.1
(71.8)
22.6
(72.7)
23.1
(73.6)
21.8
(71.2)
22.0
(71.6)
22.4
(72.3)
22.4
(72.3)
22.6
(72.7)
21.3
(70.3)
20.0
(68.0)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 36.8
(1.45)
75.3
(2.96)
35.4
(1.39)
28.1
(1.11)
95.9
(3.78)
44.4
(1.75)
60.8
(2.39)
77.0
(3.03)
60.5
(2.38)
35.5
(1.40)
134.5
(5.30)
76.5
(3.01)
760.5
(29.94)
Average rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 10.3 10.3 6.3 4.0 6.7 5.8 5.8 6.3 7.3 3.5 10.0 9.7 86.0
Average relative humidity (%) 82.0 82.3 78.2 78.8 78.0 81.9 84.5 88.8 87.4 81.2 71.1 74.5 80.7
Source: Meteorological Department Curaçao[4]

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Geodata 2001, Saba & Sint.Eustatius, Census 2001". Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, Netherlands Antilles. 2001. p. 17. Retrieved 3 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b The villages of Saba (Saba Tourist Bureau)
  3. ^ "The Bottom". Beautiful Saba. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  4. ^ "The Bottom, Saba: Summary of Climatological Data, Period 1971-2000" (PDF). Meteorological Department Curaçao. Retrieved 22 September 2016.

External linksEdit

  Media related to The Bottom at Wikimedia Commons