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					             Introduction
• Famous for its fine liqueur made from the
  sweetened peel of bitter oranges and for its
  sunny climate and secluded beaches,
  Curaçao has a rich and diverse history.
• The people claim descent from over 50
  different ethnic backgrounds, and the
  native language, Papiamentu, is a creole
  mixture of Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish,
  English, French, African, and some Arawak
  Indian.
• With an average rainfall of less than 22
  inches a year, the weather is almost
  guaranteed to be sunny all the time.
• There are 38 different beaches to choose
  from.
                Location
• The largest and most populous of the
  Netherlands Antilles, located in between
  Aruba and Bonaire, Curaçao lies some 35
  miles off the northern coast of Venezuela
  and 800 miles north of the equator.
• The island is 38 miles long and varies
  between 2 and 8 miles in width.
                  Size
• The population numbers more than 170,000,
  most of whom are of African or mixed
  African and European descent.
• In all, more than 50 different ethnic
  backgrounds are represented here, and the
  people are very proud of the island's
  international flavor.
               Willemstad
• It is the administrative capital of the
  Netherlands Antilles. It lies on the southern
  coast overlooking the St. Anna Bay, and it is
  fabled for its Dutch colonial architecture:
  the many gabled houses in beautiful pastel
  colors.
• Legend has it that one of the early Dutch
  governors outlawed white for painting
  buildings since the glare from the sun was
  giving him headaches, and ever since, the
  tradition has continued.
Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
• The largest floating pedestrian bridge in the
  world, it was built in 1888 by the American
  consul Leonard Burlington Smith. He made
  a sizable profit on the tolls he charged
  across it.
• For humanitarian reasons, those too poor to
  afford shoes were allowed to cross at no
  charge.
• At 700 feet in length, it was regarded as a
  remarkable feat of engineering.
• The bridge floats between the two shopping
  districts of Punda and Otrobanda, swinging
  open up to thirty times a day to let in ships to
  St. Anna Bay.

				
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