Curacao is an overseas possession of the Dutch.
Amerigo Vespucci called the island of Curacao The Land of the Giant (“Land of the Giants”), because the Indians seemed to him very high. Today, the locals look different. The modern island is cosmopolitan – more than 50 ethnic minorities. After all, the heirs of the aborigines have long mixed with the descendants of runaway slaves and colonizers, and other emigrants who were brought to Curacao by the will of fate.
The resettlement was started by the great navigator himself. So, according to legend, Vespucci left on the island sailors, sick of scurvy (hopelessly, we must understand), and then, arriving the next year, was surprised to see them cured and perfectly healthy.
In the beginning of 1500 the Spaniards declared the island their own and tried to use it for livestock breeding, but the lack of water and other resources forced them to abandon their original intentions. In 1634 the Dutch appeared here. By the way, their money – guilders (Guilders) – and remained a currency in the Netherlands Antilles, while the Netherlands themselves switched to the euro. Meanwhile, citizens of Curacao have Dutch citizenship and a passport.
Soon Curacao became the center of the slave trade. At that time, there were more than 14,000 African slaves on the island at the same time. And in the XVIII century through it passed 40% of all the slaves of the Caribbean. Some of them ran and hid in caves.
Slaves were given freedom only in 1863.
Because of the proximity of the continent, the islanders were also involved in the liberation struggle on the mainland – in Colombia and Venezuela. Two associates of Bolivar – Manuel Pilar and Luis Brion – come from Curacao.
What did I personally remember Curacao? First of all, its “not serious-colorful” capital Willemstad (Willemstad).
In this city, as many as 765 monuments or buildings are under the protection of UNESCO!
Remained in my memory is a very European-looking quays.
… and the sea is very bright color.
Well, much more, including their famous liquor. By the way, you know that in Europe the word Cura & ao is even used as a description of blue color – for example, when it comes to dyes or the color of clothes – it is in honor of this liqueur.