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aruba. Topics. history. geography. culture. climate. History. Gained independence from the Netherlands in 1986. Has self-government, but the Netherlands provides defense and handles foreign affairs. American Indians first inhabited the island. The Netherlands took control in 1634.

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aruba


Topics

history

geography

culture

climate


History

  • Gained independence from the Netherlands in 1986.

  • Has self-government, but the Netherlands provides defense and handles foreign affairs.

  • American Indians first inhabited the island. The Netherlands took control in 1634.

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Geography

  • Aruba is a small island in the West Indies, just off the coast of Venezuela. (View map.)

  • The island measures 19 ½ miles long by 6 miles wide. The northern coast is rocky and windy. The calm southwest coast is popular with tourists.

  • About 97,000 people live on Aruba, compared to about 176,000 in Providence.

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Map of Aruba

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Culture

  • Caribbean influence in food and music.

  • Economy based on tourism--beaches, water sports, casinos, restaurants.

  • Food – specialties

  • Pan bati (like a pancake)

    • Keshi yena (Gouda cheese, spices, and meat or seafood in a brown sauce)

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the Gasparito

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Climate

  • Perfect

  • Always sunny and 85 degrees.

  • Rains occasionally and briefly.

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For more information:

http://frommers.com/destinations/aruba/

http://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Article?id=ar032780.

U. S. Department of State:

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/22491.htm

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