Curaçao  is one of the largest and most prosperous islands in the Lesser Antilles. It evolved from an uncharted land mass in the Caribbean to a large mercantile center of commerce. As a part of the ABC islands, Curaçao has its own unique history, which makes it an intriguing place to visit
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The famous Portuguese mapmakers of the time adopted this word into their own language as “Curaçau” or “Curaçao.” Today, the locals know the island as “Korsow.” The island remained Spanish until the Dutch conquest of 1634. In the 17th century, the Dutch became leaders in the international slave trade.

Africans were enslaved from their homeland and were transported to Brazil and Curaçao where they were sold to wealthy plantation owners from across the Americas. At that time, Curaçao was one of the largest slave depots in the Caribbean. Today, however, the slave site is home to the Kura Hulanda museum, a remarkable exhibition on the horrors of the transatlantic African slave trade.

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From the end of the 17th century to the beginning of the 19th century, there was a good deal of trading places between the British and the Dutch, with the French also trying to take over the island.
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The French came close to succeeding, but left after extorting a healthy ransom. In 1815, the Dutch regained control of Curaçao, which had been in British hands since 1807.

It wasn’t until the 1920’s and 30’s, when the largest influx of worldwide immigrants came and turned the island into the multicultural melting pot that it is.

The “colonial” status of Curaçao and the other islands of the Dutch Antilles changed in 1954 when the islands became completely self-governing within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Today, Curaçao is a commonwealth of the Netherlands Antilles.

Over the years, the interaction between the Indian, European, African, Asian and Arabic cultures have influenced and brought about the development of Curaçao’s unique society.

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