(Country of Curaçao, Land Curaçao, Pais Kòrsou)
• Location: Southern Caribbean Sea
• Capital: Willemstad
• Language(s): Papiamento, Dutch, English, Spanish
• Total Area: 444 sq km
• Currency: Netherlands Antillean Guilder
• Curious Alcohol Fact: The Curaçao liqueur is a popular drink in the country and
is made from orange skins!
• Annual Average Liquor Consumption Per Capita: Not available
• Most Popular Drink(s): Curaçao liqueur
Of all the island nations located in the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean, Curaçao is the largest when it comes to the area covered. It is also classified it be part of the Leeward Islands or the Benedenwindse Eilanden. Located not too far from the oil-rich Latin American nation of Venezuela, Curaçao is known for having some of the most enchanting harbors on the planet. Willemstad is the largest settlement on the island and it also doubles as the capital city and the principal harbor. In the latter part of the 15th century, explorers from Europe first visited Curaçao and with time, there was a steady influx of settlers from the Netherlands and Spain. For decades, the Dutch settlers used Curaçao as a base for trade and commerce.
Although virtually all the indigenous tribes where driven out by the invading European colonists, there has been a remarkable change in the current demographic distribution of the island. Today, over 80% of the population are actually Blacks and other ethnic groups include those with Spanish, Dutch and Arawak (Native Indians) roots. Christianity is the principal religion with many following the Protestant denomination. Judaism is also another significant religion in Curaçao.
Eating and Drinking in Curacao
Like in the other island nations of the Caribbean, food is a very important aspect of the local culture in Curaçao and as a visitor, you will be treated to some of the finest meals in the region. Most local foods are referred to as kriolo and you can detect a delicious blend of Spanish and Caribbean flavors in the dishes. You must endeavor to taste the irresistible soup called stoba which is made using goat meat. In many parts of Curaçao, fried plantain is consumed with fresh juice.
Sports in Curacao
The island nation of Curaçao is one of the most active in the region as far as sporting events and activities are concerned. The most popular sports include baseball, windsurfing and diving.
Interesting Facts About Curacao
• The group of ABC islands is actually made of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.
• The island nation is really part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
• The exact meaning of the word ‘Curaçao’ is actually shrouded in mystery.
• Spanish explorers were the first Europeans to set food on the island nation.
• Curaçao is one of the best sites in the world for scuba diving and is known for its majestic coral reefs.
• When the European settlers arrived on the island, they ensured that all the indigenous tribes were driven out.
• Curaçao is home to some of the oldest Jewish community in the Americas.
• Curaçao is a major exporter of aloes.
• During the Second World War, Curaçao was protected by the United States.
• Curaçao is also considered to be part of the West Indies.
• There are various stylish buildings all over the island and are referred to as the plantation houses.
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