Dutch Caribbean Info

Written by BK Shaw
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Dutch Caribbean info will usually begin by stating that the ABC islands, as they are known, represent the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. You will find them off the coast of Venezuela and directly south of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. In 1954, the three islands were a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, along with a second group of islands to the northeast. It's always useful to find Dutch Caribbean info before leaving on vacation so that you can appreciate the culture.

If you have traveled to other parts of the Caribbean, you will appreciate the difference in the colors of the buildings. Generally buildings on the islands are painted white or are in pastel shades. Apparently, the governor of the islands in 1817 disliked the whitewashed walls (they hurt his eyes), and he issued a decree that all buildings be painted in strikingly bright colors.

On a clear day, you will be able to see the mountains of Venezuela. You will notice the Latin American influence is also evident in the music on the islands. Although the music may connect the continent to the islands, geology does not. The ABC islands were created by ashes and lava, forced up from the ocean floor. Much of this Dutch Caribbean info is available online. It's always a good idea to get an idea of the history of a place before you visit.

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As with most Caribbean islands, the locals are of mixed descent, primarily European, Southeast Asians, South Americans and imported Africans. People on the ABC islands come from about 40 ethnic backgrounds and 80 different nationalities. The Internet is an incredible resource for finding Dutch Caribbean info.


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