Travel to Bonaire

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Travel to Bonaire

1862, when slavery became illegal in the Netherlands Antilles. After that, the tourism industry became popular.


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Capital: KRALENDIJK Population: 17,408 Municipality of HOLLANDOfficial Language: DUTCH

Bonaire's story begins in 1000 a.d. (aproximately).

That was when the Caquetio Indians took their canoes up from Venezuela, about 50 miles south of Bonaire. They lived there happily for about 500 years, when

European conquistador Alonso de Ojeda discovered the ABC islands, or Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. After studying them for a few weeks, he decided that the islands' resources were of no use to him, so he had the Caquetios deported to be slaves on other islands. The next dictator put them back onto Bonaire as slaves on a new plantation, but soon the Dutch captured Bonaire as retaliation for a different Spanish attack. Then, Bonaire was siezed by the British for two short periods, during which the town of Kralendijk was founded. It was eventually returned to the Dutch. They kept the Caquetios working as slaves until

Bonaire is home to 200 different species of birds. Some examples are the yellow-shouldered parrot, brown pelican, caribbean flamingo, ruby-topaz hummingbird, great grey heron, and blue-footed booby.

If you asked the locals of Bonaire, they'd tell you that their island was located 80 miles north, aproximately, and situated next to Aruba and Curacao. If you asked Google Maps, however, you'd find out it's at 12.18° north and 68.25° west.

This is a video of Caribbean Flamingos searching for food.There are only three places on earth where Caribbean Flamingos breed. Of course, Pekelmeer Flamingo Sanctuary on Bonaire is one of them.

The residents of Bonaire have a lot of respect for the first slaves who were forced to work on the arid land. Every year, they celebrate

these things in a festival called Dia di Rincon, where everybody eats and drinks and dances.

Pekelmeer Flamingo --------------------------------->Sanctuary

Bonaire is part of a chain of three islands off the northern coast of Venezuela (in South America) called the Netherlands Antilles, or the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao). It's a coral island, which means it's limestone, mainly, so therefore bad for growing things.

Since there's zip zero zilch arable land available on Bonaire, there aren't any food exports. However the solar salt industry is the second largest on Bonaire and makes 92% of its exports. The largest industry is tourism, with a cruise ship port being added to Bonaire in 2005. You can barely even get there by plane since there's no commercial airport.

86% of Bonaireans are creole, 12% are Dutch, and 2% are of a

different ethnic background. This means, mainly East Asian or tourist who have stayed for good.


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