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Curaçao and Bonaire are two Caribbean islands

Curaçao [pronounced koo-rah-sow] (population 150,000) is an island in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea, the largest and most populous of the Windward Islands of the Netherlands Antilles, a self-governing part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Curaçao's capital is Willemstad. Download high resolution version (1007x767, 213 KB)Curaçao and Bonaire Source: http://www. ... Download high resolution version (1007x767, 213 KB)Curaçao and Bonaire Source: http://www. ... Curaçao and Bonaire are two Caribbean islands Bonaire (pop. ... Central America and the Caribbean The Caribbean Sea is a body of water adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, south of the Gulf of Mexico. ... This article is about the Caribbean island group. ... Willemstad is the territorial capital of the Netherlands Antilles. ...


The languages widely spoken on Curaçao are Papiamento, Castilian (Spanish), English and Dutch. Of these languages, Papiamento is the native language of most inhabitants, with Dutch being the official state language taught in schools. Papiamento is a creole language that has developed through centuries of contact between the diverse peoples living on Curaçao. The Papiamento for Curaçao is Korsou. Papiamento or Papiamentu is a Creole language and it is the primary language spoken on the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Curaçao, and Bonaire. ... This article is about the international language known as Spanish. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A creole is a language descended from a pidgin that has become the native language of a group of people. ...



Discovered by the Spaniards, the island was occupied by the Dutch in 1634. The original inhabitants were Arawak Indians, which were decimated after the Spanish occupation. After the island became a territory of the Netherlands, slaves were brought from Africa. The Dutch abolished slavery in 1863. Because of its history, the island now has a diverse ethnic background. Willemstad features colonial architecture and has the western hemisphere's oldest synagogues in continuous use, founded in 1651. This, along with the wide range of other historic buildings in Willemstad, earned the capital a place on UNESCO's world heritage list. Events Moses Amyrauts Traite de la predestination is published Curaçao captured by the Dutch Treaty of Polianovska First meeting of the Académie française The witchcraft affair at Loudun Jean Nicolet lands at Green Bay, Wisconsin Opening of Covent Garden Market in London English establish a settlement... The term Arawak (from aru, the Lokono word for cassava flour), was used to designate the friendly Amerindians encountered by the Spanish in the Caribbean. ... A monument celebrating the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire in 1834, erected in Victoria Tower Gardens, Millbank, Westminster, London Wiktionary has a definition of: Slavery Slavery can mean one or more related conditions which involve control of a person against his or her will, enforced by violence or... World map showing location of Africa A satellite composite image of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest continent in both area and population, after Asia. ... 1863 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... A synagogue (from Greek συναγωγη, transliterated sunagoge, place of assembly literally meeting, assembly) is a Jewish house of prayer and study. ... Events January 1 - Charles II crowned King of Scotland in Scone. ... UNESCO logo The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, commonly known as UNESCO, is a specialized agency of the United Nations system established in 1946. ... Elabana Falls is in Lamington National Park, part of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves World Heritage site in Queensland, Australia. ...


The main industries of the island are tourism and oil refining. Off-shore banking activities also contribute to the local economy. Curaçao gained limited self-government on January 1, 1954. A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ... View of the Shell/Valero Martinez oil refinery An oil refinery is an industrial process plant where crude oil is processed and refined into useful petroleum products. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1954 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...


In the 2000s the political status of the island has been under discussion, as for the other islands of the Netherlands Antilles, regarding the relationship with the Netherlands and between the islands of the Antilles. In a referendum held on April 8, 2005, together with Sint Eustatius, the residents voted for a separate status outside the Netherlands Antilles, like Aruba, rejecting the options for full independence, becoming part of the Netherlands, or retaining the status quo. 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (99th in leap years). ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Map showing location of Sint Eustatius relative to Saba and Sint Maarten/Saint Martin Sint Eustatius (also Saint Eustace and Statia), pop. ...


The name "Curaçao" has become associated with a particular shade of blue, and is sometimes used as an adjective, because of the deep-blue liqueur named "Blue Curaçao". Curaçao liqueur is a drink flavored with the dried peels of bitter oranges grown on the island. Although blue is the most famous version, Curaçao liqueur is also produced clear, or with orange or green coloring. A liqueur is a sweet alcoholic beverage, often flavored with fruits, herbs, or spices, and sometimes cream. ... Blue Curaçao is a deep blue liqueur flavoured with the dried peels of bitter oranges grown on the island of Curaçao. ...


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Flag

The flag of Curacao contains a blue background with a yellow stripe near the bottom and two white, five-pointed stars near the top. The blue symbolizes the blue sea and sky (the top and bottom blue sections, respectively) punctuated by the yellow sun. The two stars represent Curacao and Klein Curacao (an uninhabited smaller island nearby), with the five points on each star symbolizing the five continents from which Curacao's people come. This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Curaçao and Bonaire are two Caribbean islands Curaçao [pronounced koo-rah-sow] (population 150,000) is an island in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea, one of the Windward Islands of the Netherlands Antilles, a self-governing part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. ... A flag is a piece of cloth flown from a pole or mast, usually intended for signaling or identification. ... Curaçao and Bonaire are two Caribbean islands Curaçao [pronounced koo-rah-sow] (population 150,000) is an island in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea, one of the Windward Islands of the Netherlands Antilles, a self-governing part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. ...


External Link

Curacao at Flags of the World (http://fotw.vexillum.com/flags/an-cu.html)


External link

  • curacao.rinkes.nl | Curaçao (http://curacao.rinkes.nl)
  • Map (http://members.home.nl/bdrikhof/images/plattegrond01.jpg)

Maps of Netherlands Antilles 12.10° N -68.93° E (http://kvaleberg.com/extensions/mapsources/index.php?params=12.10_N_-68.93_E_)


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