Saint Barthelemy used to be governed as a Commune as part of Guadeloupe. However, in 2007, it voted to separate and is now an overseas collectivity. The island itself is located just south of the island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean. The island itself was originally claimed by France in 1648. However, they handed it to Sweden in 1784 in return for trading rights in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. This means that the island of St Barts has the honor of being the only land in the Caribbean that was a Swedish colony.