Curacao has a very fine Marine Museum. It is worth an hour or two to explore.. The original Arawak Indians were removed from the island they originally inhabited for 6000 years. After the discovery by Christopher Columbus, the age of piracy and the slave trade, Curacao became an important 'rehabilitation' stop for slaves that survived the voyage across the Atlantic. From here there were sold throughout the islands.
There were two slave rebellions. The best known one was lead by a slave by the name of Tula. He refused to work for his Dutch plantation owner and convinced other slaves to follow him. He was eventually betrayed and executed near the site of the Holiday Beach Resort (Willemstad). There is a monument in his honour on the very site. However, it is not that easy to find but worth a couple of moments to ponder.
Willemstad is also the home of the longest running synagogue in North and Central America. Follow the link to find out more.
Recent history includes the refining of oil from Venezuela and the impact that Dutch Shell has had on the island..
Don is a former educator and having worked for a Canadian airline, he enjoys travel that is mildly