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Curacao is part of the lesser antilles Absolute location: 12.1833° N, 69.0000° WRelative location: Curacao lies about 100 mile off the northern coast of South Amercia. It is 200 miles west of Grenada.

Fast FactsPopulation: 151,892 Capitol city: WillemstadLife expectancy: 76 years old Area: 171.4 sq. milesCurrency: Netherlands Antillean guilder

Food is also very important on Curacao, just like music. The local food includes delicious seafood, meats and side dishes. Some of the local sea food is Dradu (Mahi Mahi), Piska Kora (Red Snapper), Karko (conch meat), shrimp, and lobster. Kabritu Stoba (goat meat) is also a local specialty. Plantains (fried bananas) are usually served as vegetables or side dishes. Keshi Yena is also very delicious and means "filled cheese"; the cheese is filled with chicken, raisins, beans, and many other good things. Funchi is another specialty and is made out of corn; it's similar to corn bread and is usually fried like french fries. Another local specialty is Iguana soup. Typical side dishes are rice with beans, white rice, french fries, or baked potatoes.

One explanation for the origin of the name Curaçao is that it is derived from the Portuguese word for heart (coração), referring to the island as a centre in trade. Spanish traders kept the name as Curaçao, which was followed by the Dutch. Another explanation is that Curaçao was the name the Arawak people had used to identify themselves


The original inhabitants of Curacao were Arawak peoples. Their ancestors had migrated to the island from the mainland of South America, likely hundreds of years before European encounter. The first Europeans recorded as seeing the island were members of a Spanish expedition under the leadership of Alonso de Ojeda in 1499. The Spaniards enslaved most of the Arawak as their labor force. They sometimes forcibly relocated the survivors to other colonies where workers were needed. In 1634, after the Netherlands achieved independence from Spain, Dutch colonists started to occupy the island.

Curacao is a volcanic island. It was formed thousands of years ago when, under water volcanoes rose from above the sea level. Eventually, soil formed on top of the volcanoes, and the island of Curacao was formed. Curacao is an independent country. There are still some active volcanoes on Curacao.

Curacao's main export is oil. They mine so much of it, so they send it to to foreign countries for money.

90% of Curacao's poplulation has dutch ancestry. The dutch people were the first to find the island. Also, a lot of slaves were brought over from Africa, so many people are also of Afrcian descent.

The average yearly temperature of Curacao is a beautiful 80 degrees. This is one of the resaons that many tourists love Curacao. Curacao has many rolling hills and mountains. The mountains were under water volcanoes thousands of years ago, but now they are huge mountains. Curacao's main natural resources are wood (from the large palm trees), rock, and sandstone (from the huge mountains), and tropical fruit.

Economic Activities Curacao's economic fortune changed when oil was discovered off of the coast of Venezuela in 1920. The island became one of the centers for distilling crude oil. The industrial development of Curacao took off with Royal Dutch Shell Refinery, which became the island's biggest employer and business. Migrant workers from all over the world, some from as far away as Asia, came to work at Curacao's oil refinery.

Here is Curacao's coat of arms.

Curacao is accessible by boat, or small charter planes. Even though it is a tourist destination, most large airlines don't travel to Curcao because it is a small island. So you would have to rent a small eight person charter plane, or take a ferry ride to get there.

Here are some fish found in Curacao.


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