St. Bartholomew, or St. Barthelemy, a French West Indian island, 190 miles E. of Porto Rico; area, 8 square miles. The treeless surface rises to 1,003 feet; the climate is very dry. French from 1648 till 1784, the island then was Swedish till 1877, when it was bought back by France for $80,000.

Entry from Everybody's Cyclopedia, 1912.