|Bon Bini! Welcome to Aruba. Aruba is located in the heart of the southern Caribbean, 15 miles from the South American coastline. Aruba's
topography and vegetation are unusual for a Caribbean island. On the south and west coasts are miles of pristine white beaches that rank among
the most beautiful in the world, rimmed by calm blue seas with visibility in some areas to a depth of a hundred feet. The northeast coast, along the
windward shore, is rugged and wild. The interior is dessert like, with a variety of cacti and dramatic rock formations. The island's most famous trees
are the watapana, or divi divi trees, all permanently sculpted into graceful, southwest -bending shapes by the constant trade winds.
|A Brief History of Aruba:
Aruba's first settlers were the Arawak Indians
and remnants of their culture can be found
throughout the island. In 1499, the Spanish
explorer, Alonso de Ojeda, arrived and
claimed the island for Spain. With little to
interest them, the Conquistadores dubbed
Aruba as Isla Inutil (useless island) and left.
In 1636 the Dutch made Aruba into a satellite
for the Dutch West Indies Company after
being expelled from St. Maarten during the
Spanish-Dutch war. The island was captured
briefly by the British in 1805 during the
Napoleonic War, but was returned to Holland
as part of the 1815 Treaty of Paris. By then
merchants had begun building Oranjestad.
In 1824, gold fever hit and there was a flood
of immigrants hoping to strike it rich at the
Bushiribana mines. The bubble burst in 1916
when the exhausted mine was closed for
good. In 1929, the world's largest oil refinery
was built on the southeastern coast. An
economic boom followed, turning San
Nicolas into a major commercial center and
Aruba's second largest city.
On March 18, 1976, Aruba celebrated its first
National Day with its national anthem and
flag. In 1986 Status Aparte (an autonomous
status within the kingdom of the Netherlands)
was granted. An important date in Aruba's
history, archived by Betico Croes, after three
generations in the making. This unique
status was considered the first step towards
autonomy. Tourism had become the
mainstay of economy and today Aruba is
famous as a vacation haven attracting almost
two million international visitors yearly.
The following links are in the native language,
dedicated to the Aruban Community. As part of
the community service to the island, the IPA-
Aruba is proud to contribute to a better Aruba
by providing Crime Prevention information/tips.
This way we can help keep Aruba's community
safe and also to our visitors,
Servicio pa Comunidad
International Police Association Aruba,
orguyosamente kier contrubi na un Aruba sigur.
Di e forma aki nos ta dunabo conseho/tips pa
evita cu abo, bo famia, cas, negoshi etc, por bira
victima di un criminalidad.
|International Police Association Aruba Discounts/Specials @:
►The Driftwood Restaurant, Downtown
►Econo Car Rental
►Dollar Rent a Car
►The Boardwalk Boutique Hotel
►Lite Life Medicab "Special Transportation"
*Please contact us for Discounts/Specials* at firstname.lastname@example.org
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