35 Facts About Curacao


One explanation for the island's name is that Curacao was the autonym by which its indigenous peoples identified themselves.

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Spanish introduced numerous tree, plant and animal species to Curacao, including horses, sheep, goats, pigs and cattle from Europe and other Spanish colonies.

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Over time, the number of Spaniards living on Curacao decreased while the number of aboriginal inhabitants stabilized.

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Up to 4,000 slaves in northwest Curacao revolted, with more than 1,000 taking part in extended gunfights.

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Some Curacao inhabitants emigrated to other islands, such as Cuba, to work in sugarcane plantations.

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The refineries on Aruba and Curacao operated in global markets and were profitable partly because of the margin between the production costs of crude oil and the revenues made off of products.

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In 1929, Curacao was attacked by Venezuelan rebel commander Rafael Simon Urbina, who, with 250 soldiers, captured the fort.

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On 1 July 2007, Curacao was due to become a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, like Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles.

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On 15 December 2008, Curacao was again scheduled to become a separate country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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Curacao became a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, with the kingdom retaining responsibility for defence and foreign policy.

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Curacao was succeeded in 2012 by Stanley Betrian, ad interim.

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Curacao led a demissionary cabinet until 7 June 2013, when a new cabinet under the leadership of Ivar Asjes was sworn in.

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Curacao had to impose spending cuts to qualify for additional aid from the Netherlands.

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Curacao is semi-arid, and as such has not supported the numerous tropical species of mammals, birds, and lizards most associated with rainforests.

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The iguanas found on Curacao serve not only as a scenic attraction but, unlike many islands that gave up the practice years ago, remain hunted for food.

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Curacao has been directly affected by pre-hurricane tropical storms several times; the latest being Hurricane Tomas in 2010, Cesar in 1996, Joan in 1988, Cora and Greta in 1978, Edith and Irene in 1971, and Francelia in 1969.

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Average temperatures have risen sharply in the past 40 years in the Caribbean Netherlands and Curacao has experienced more warm days and fewer cooler nights.

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Middle Curacao contains alluvial soils from eroded CLF and limestone.

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Curacao is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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Curacao has full autonomy over most matters; the exceptions are outlined in the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands under the title "Kingdom affairs".

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Curacao has an open economy; its most important sectors are tourism, international trade, shipping services, oil refining, oil storage and bunkering, and international financial services.

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Curacao possesses a high-income economy as defined by the World Bank.

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Curacao was a Caribbean leader in cruise ship tourism growth, with 610,186 cruise passengers in 2013, a 41.

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However, at the turn of the 20th century, Curacao underwent industrialization, and a number of merchant houses established private commercial banks.

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On 30 June 2014, Curacao was deemed to have an Inter-Governmental Agreement with the United States of America with respect to the "Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act" of the United States of America.

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The Tax Information Exchange Agreement signed in Washington, DC on 17 April 2002 between the US and the Kingdom of the Netherlands includes Curacao, and was updated with respect to Curacao in 2014, taking effect in 2016.

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Prostitution in Curacao is legal only for foreign women who get a temporary permit to work in the large open-air brothel called "Le Mirage" or "Campo Alegre".

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Curacao has the oldest active Jewish congregation in the Americas, dating to 1651.

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The Curacao synagogue is the oldest synagogue of the Americas in continuous use, since its completion in 1732 on the site of a previous synagogue.

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Curacao was divided into five districts from 1863 to 1925, after which it was reduced to the two outer districts of Bandabou and Bandariba and the city district of Willemstad.

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Novelists and poets from Curacao have contributed to Caribbean and Dutch literature.

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The Curacao liqueur was developed here, when a local experimented with the rinds of the local citrus fruit known as laraha.

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In 2004, the Little League Baseball team from Willemstad, Curacao, won the world title in a game against the United States champion from Thousand Oaks, California.

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Curacao Airport is a fairly large facility, with the third longest commercial runway in the Caribbean region after Rafael Hernandez Airport in Puerto Rico and Pointe-a-Pitre International Airport in Guadeloupe.

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The power generation company NuCuracao opened wind farms in Tera Kora and Playa Kanoa in 2012, and expanded in Tera Kora in 2015.

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