Aruba

   One of the three Leeward (Benedenwindse) or “ABC” Islands of the Netherlands Antilles, with a separate status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands since 1986. Every six years, the Dutch sovereign appoints a governor. Aruba has its own cabinet. Its Parliament (with 21 members), however, possesses the real power. Most of the 100,000 or so inhabitants live in the capital Oranjestad. Although the official language is Dutch, most of them speak their own Papiamento, which is a pidgin language. Aruba was discovered by the Spanish in 1499 and became a Dutch colonial possession in 1636. Tourism—Aruba has beautiful beaches—has made the isle very prosperous in recent decades. The Aruban currency, the florin, is related to the U.S. dollar, just like the Antillean guilder.
   See also STATUTE OF THE KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS.

Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands. . 2012.

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