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Netherlands Antilles : Discover the country's culture

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Netherlands Antilles : Discover the country's history

Historical dates

Curaçao and Aruba were discovered in 1499 by Alfonso de Ojeda, one of Christopher Columbus's naval officers. The islands inhabited by Arawaks came under Spanish domination.
From 1634 to 1636, the Dutch drove the Spanish away.
In 1863, Holland abolished slavery.
In 1951, the first West Indian government was created.
In 1954, the islands obtained their independence from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
In 1986, Aruba acquired separate and autonomous status.

Netherlands Antilles : Stay up to date on the country's holidays and events

Events

1st January.
New Year's Day.
25 January.
Anniversary of Aruba's "Status Aparte".
March.
Curaçao international regatta.
FebruaryMarch.
Carnival.
18 March.
Aruba National Day.
Easter.
12 April.

1st May.
Labour Day.


Ascension Day.
24 June.
Saint-John's Day.
2 July
Curaçao National Day.





Anniversary of the Union of the Netherlands Antilles.
October.

5 December.
Saint-Nicolas.
25 December.
Christmas.
26 December.
Boxing Day.

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