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The natural salt ponds of St. Barts are a spectacular sight. Indigenous populations may have used the naturally occurring gullies on the island to raise shellfish, but in 1750 people started harvesting salt from the tropical marshlands. By the early 19th century, the marshland was diked and gated to create 12 ponds that were farmed for salt to be shipped around the world. The island's salt trade ended in 1972, but the salt ponds can still be seen today, and plans are afoot for their restoration.

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