|Full name||Commonwealth of Pintona|
|Official language(s)||English, Patwa Pintoné|
|King||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Currency||Pintona Dollar P$|
Pintona was apparently discovered by Columbus in 1495, when he landed at Cape Columbus. In 1501, settlers under Jorge Perez y Garcia founded a settlement on that bay, which is now Port Benedict. Spanish settlement was small and only about 300 people lived on the island.
In 1700 French privateers started a small settlment on the west coast (now Lyon Beach). France stepped in an took the island From Spain in 1703 without firing a shot. In 1791 Pintona's black slaves staged an uprising and declared themselves independent, after seeing Haiti do the same. The Republic of Pintona (Republique du Pintonne) lasted until 1792, when a force of French republican soldiers defeated the blacks at the Battle of Bonaire and returned control to France.
After the Napoleonic Wars, the Congress of Vienna awarded the islands to Britain. They resettled Pt. Benedict, which was given its name after the island's first governor, Sir William Henry Stanhope Benedict.
On June 29, 1935 Pintona gained independence from the United Kingdom. The first PM was Stanley Warren, the strongman who was in power until 1947. Social spending in the late 70's and early 1980's led to better quality of life and an incrase in tourism. In the 2000's the country was ranked as one of the best in the Caribbean though it still faced povery and other issues.
See here for the website of Pintona.