Saint Martin is a French island located in the Lesser Antilles, in the eastern Caribbean Sea. The island, which includes the islands of Sint Maarten and Anguilla, has a population of approximately 110,178 people as of the 2012 census. Saint Martin was colonized by the French in 1635 and divided into two parts in 1713. Saint Martin became a constituent country within the Kingdom of France in 1921. In 1953, it achieved full independence as an autonomous republic within the French Community. In 2013, its inhabitants voted to become an overseas collectivity of France.