Aruba

Aruba, is an island lying southwest of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, some 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Curaçao and 18 miles (29 km) north of the Venezuelan peninsula of Paraguaná.

The island’s earliest inhabitants were the Arawaks, who left behind red cave drawings, clay pottery and stone tools. In 1636 Aruba was taken by the Dutch and occupied by the Dutch West India Company. 

In 1824 gold was discovered (by a 12-year old boy) in Aruba which started the Gold Rush. It lasted up until the beginning of WWI after which more than 3 million pounds of gold had been extracted. This made Aruba one of the wealthier islands in the region. 

In 1986 Aruba became a separate self-governing part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Tourists flock to Aruba, attracted by its white-sand beaches in the south and west, rugged coastline in the northeast, and desert environment in the interior. The capital is Oranjestad, which also is the main port.

Of NoteAruba is part of what is often referred to as the A, B, C Islands.  Although not lined up in that order, these islands are Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.  They are the southernmost islands and so are located outside the hurricane belt.  The climate here is desert-like. 

Currency: Aruban Florin

Language: Dutch, Papiamento which is a Creole form of Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch. English is also spoken here.  

Culture Name: Aruban  

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