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  • History

    Aruba’s rich, multicultural past is reflected in our cuisine, architecture and warm, friendly people. What began as a fishing outpost for Amerindians has changed hands between the Spanish and Dutch throughout the centuries, and is now a diverse constituent country of the Netherlands. 

    Historical Aruba
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  • Aruba’s flag was officially adopted on March 18, 1976, along with the official anthem "Aruba Dushi Tera." The blue represents the sea that surrounds Aruba; yellow is the color of abundance; red is for love; and white is for our pristine beaches. 
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  • The Caquetio Indians of the Arawak tribe from the South American mainland were Aruba's first inhabitants. They were fisherman and hunters and gatherers who depended on the sea for survival.
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  • When explorer Alonso de Ojeda discovered Aruba in 1499, he claimed it for Spain, naming it “la isla de los gigantes,” or “the island of giants” after our tall inhabitants.
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  • Aruba’s strategic location caught the eye of the Dutch who occupied our island in 1636 to protect their salt supply from the mainland and establish a naval base during their 80-year war with Spain.
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  • Aruba Tourism
    Aruba's popularity is due to its sun, sand, sea, hospitality and friendliness of its people, safety, political stability, and various niches such as activities, nightlife, shopping, restaurants.
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