In my 'princess blog' I told you how my family ended up on #curacao has ended up.
What I mentioned earlier I'm not a unique case here on the island, almost everyone who is from the island has their roots from Europe, South America and other continents.
Curaçao was next to colony of the Netherlands first colony of Spain. The Spaniards called the islands “las islas inútiles” the non-useful island literally translated. They enslaved the indigenous Indians, Arowakken, but did not look back at the island itself. In 1634, the Netherlands won the battle against Spain and became a colonizer of the island. Curaçao was a convenient trade route (both commercial and piracy) but soon the salt trade became the biggest economic driver. In 1662 Curaçao became a port in the transatlantic slave trade, where slaves of vnl Africa were sold in the region including Suriname. This trade route has brought many people to the island over the years. Also in the early 20th century when Shell settled here.
The name #curacao also has her own story. There are many stories going on and much can still be found in old shipping folders. It is said that it is the name that the natives gave the island itself, and this is found in pieces of the Spaniards who the Indians called 'Indios Curaçaos'. On maps of 1525 you can find the island under the names Curaçote, Curasaote, Curasaore and Curacaute. Around the 17th century, the name on the mapCuraçao or Curazao.Another but not documented story also rounds the fact that in the early years of the 17th century sailors received scurvy due to vitamin C deficiency. According to some reports, Portuguese or Spanish sailors were left on the island now known as Curaçao. When their ship returned, some had recovered, probably cured of scurvy after eating fruits containing vitamin C. From that moment on, the Portuguese supposedly called this Ilha da Curação (Island of healing) or the Spanish as Isla de la Curación. Another explanation is that it is derived from the Portuguese word for heart (coração), referring to the island as the heart of the trading center.
As I said in my intro, I'm not the only mixed race on the island. On Curaçao there are 55 different nationalities and it has about 150,000 inhabitants. We are true polyglots, perhaps not quite but most people speak at least four languages here, the Netherlands, English, Spanish and papiamentu. We have a little piece of paradise on earth, it's called Curaçao. I love living there 😊 for anyone who can use it I send you a little virtual vitamin Sea 🏝️🏝️🏝️