A journey to the Island of healing, Curacao
Dutch’s prime interest in this land was the availability of free labourers. Dutch turned this island into a hub of slave trade soon after its annexation. It mercilessly oppressed all kinds of rebellions, particularly the slave rebellions, emerged against the inhuman trade. Those were the days of humiliation, oppression and merciless rule.
During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the influence of Dutch in this Island decreased significantly, paving the way for other European powers into the Island. During the aforementioned centuries when there was no powerful European guardian in the island, the Great British Empire and France attempted to attach the land to their colonial territories. Spoiling the ambitions of these colonial powers, Dutch returned to this land and formally incorporate the island into their colonies in the region. Actually, it was a rebirth of this land.
As a regretful acknowledgement of the crime Dutch committed against the indigenous Curacao population, Netherlands abolished slavery in the mid nineteenth century.
Since then, Netherlands is the biggest supporter of this Island. At present, Curacao is an independent territory under Netherlands, which was granted authority by the Island administrators, thus people, to decide over its foreign and defence policies.
It was the discovery of the oil that changed the course of this country’s growth. Prior to this development, there were no serious resources in the country for the generation of wealth. So, after its development, the country entered into the path of rapid industrialisation.
Now, Curacao’s economy is a well-developed economy, ranking forty-sixth in terms of GDP (PPP) and twenty-seventh in terms of GDP per capita.
Even though the Island is one of the most beautiful Islands in the Caribbean region, its tourism sector is not developed compared to other Islands in the region.
The Island is gifted with magnificent beaches, spectacular natural beauty, pleasant climatic conditions, attractive infrastructure facilities, breathtaking colonial buildings, amazing coral reefs, and many more.
Willemstad, Westpunt, Sint Willibrordus and Sint Michiel are the prime tourist destinations in the country.
Willemstad is the capital city of Curacao. There are several ancient colonial buildings in this city. Apart from the colonial buildings, there are several significant government buildings situated in the city. Kura Hulanda Museum, Curacao Maritime Museum, Jewish Cultural Historical Museum and Landhuis Bloemhof are the prime attractions in this capital city.