Curaçao Island

from riches to rags:
Empirialism to Independence

Netherlands flagAN flagCuraçao flag

You may not be so interested in the political problems of a mere 150,000 people, if that. Hardly anybody is but we. But all this can happen everywhere, to anybody, as history and TV-news keep showing. Like the funeral undertakers say:
Hodie mihi, cras tibi -
I today, you tomorrow.

An open network is more important for democracy than the right to bear arms and the right to vote.
Voice is more important than votes. - Joichi Ito

Curaçao is one of the Netherlands Antilles; since Aruba opted for the status aparte around 1990 consisting of five Caribbean islands. The other islands are Bonaire, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. After the Koninkrijksstatuut was signed in 1954, the AN has been an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in which Holland and Aruba are the other partners.

Curaçao escutcheon
Colonial History

Curaçao was discovered in 1499 by Alonso de Ojeda. It was owned by Spain until 1634, when it was taken over by the Netherlands. With some interludes, until 1954 the islands remained a Dutch possession as the Colony of Curaçao.

P.M. arrives with Statuut

After World War II there was a general trend to stop imperialism and grant autonomy to former colonies. In an attempt to avoid a second disgrace like the one in Indonesia of the late 1940s, by signing the Koninkrijksstatuut the Netherlands Antilles, Suriname (Dutch Guyana) and Holland agreed in 1954 to form a partnership as autonomous members of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Fire over Willemstad
Decline and Fall

With continuing anti-imperialism and ongoing disinterest for the West Indies in Holland, the situation in the Netherlands Antilles grew worse and worse. The economy went to pieces while the unchecked political system grew more and more corrupt.

You and Your Conscience
What's in Store

new monument
After the Referendum

Sold and Betrayed

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. - George Santayana, 1905
too bad they force the rest of us, who can see all too well what's coming, to do the same

economy geography

visit our circus—laugh until you weep
the clowns

from start to crashhow to get rid of more

some recent Curaçao
political history
it's all getting pretty old...

or the Monster Gallery
Henry VIII Napoléon Adolf Hitler Joe Stalin Idi Amin


If you think there have been succesful and, at the same time, decent politicians, I will not try to reason you out of it.
There are 2 (two, count 'em) names people mostly come up with: Adlai Stevenson II (USA) and Mahatma Gandhi (India).
Click on their names to find out more about them.

Bully Blue
"King of the Apes"

WWII Curaçao governor Wouters

Any government anywhere is a thing of exquisite comicality.
Joseph Conrad, Nostromo

after election victory

Like they said in the 2002 Johannesburg conference discussions on democracy:
We are your leaders. Why don't you do as we tell you?
New Scientist

A book you may want to read:
Imperialism and the Anti-Imperialist Mind USA
Lewis Feuer

We may vote for a Boss once every four years

Democratic elections are popularity contests - Larry Niven

"Politics and economics are concerned with power and wealth,
neither of which should be the primary, much less exclusive, concern of full-grown men."
"Dictators are always small people."

Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future, 1984

"Watch out for small men, because they hate you for every inch you're taller."

Jan de Hartog, The Captain


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