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Monday, January 12, 2009

Curaçao

Curaçao is the largest and most properous of the Netherlands Antilles group, which was first discovered by Europeans in 1499. What at first seems to be a monotonous desert landscape turns out to be a scenery teeming with life. Tourists are able to choose between intimate rocky coves surrounded by massive cliffs or long sandy beaches, either secluded by nature or bustling with activities. With an average temperature of about 27°C (81°F) and cooling trade winds blowing constantly from the east, the one thing they all share is crystal-clear turquoise water and perfect weather.Although the island is a mix of nationalities, African descendents make up the majority. African influence can be seen in the language of Papiamentu, a language once used to bridge the gap between the slaves and owners, but now the keystone of Curaçao communication; and Tambú, the 'Curaçao Blues' which the African descendents used to express their outrage and sorrow at slavery through song, music and dance, food, religion and spirituality

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