The Netherlands Antilles

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Curaçao - Willemstad Harbor © tmelendez

Curaçao – Willemstad Harbor © tmelendez

The Netherlands Antilles (Dutch: Nederlandse Antillen), also referred to informally as the Dutch Antilles, was an autonomous Caribbean country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, consisting of two groups of islands in the Lesser Antilles: Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao (ABC Islands), in Leeward Antilles just off the Venezuelan coast; and Sint Eustatius, Saba and Sint Maarten (SSS Islands), in the Leeward Islands southeast of the Virgin Islands.

Aruba seceded in 1986 as a separate country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the rest of the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved on 10 October 2010, resulting in two new constituent countries, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, with the other islands joining the Netherlands as “special municipalities”, officially public bodies. The name ‘Netherlands Antilles’ is still sometimes used to indicate the Caribbean islands which are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Dutch Caribbean islands.

Aruba - Oranjestad © David et Magalie Saba - View from Mount Scenery © Radioflux Curaçao - Willemstad Panorama © Ghettocash Curaçao - Plantation house Groot Davelaar © Harry van der Made Curaçao - La Casa Amarilla © Wladimir Balentien Bonaire © V Vergne Bonaire - Plaza Resort Bonaire © flickr.com - Serge Melki Aruba - Oranjestad © Quistnix Aruba Palm Beach © Atilin Netherlands Antilles before 1986 © Styath Saint Maarten - Dutch Side © AndonicO Sint Eustatius - Vulcano The Quill © Walter Hellebrand Sint Eustatius - Oranjestad - Fort Oranje © Walter Hellebrand Netherlands Antilles - Saint Martin map © Astrokey44 Curaçao - Willemstad Harbor © tmelendez
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Curaçao - Plantation house Groot Davelaar © Harry van der Made
Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire belong to the Lesser Antilles. Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Martin belong to the Leeward Antilles.

Tourism, petroleum transshipment and oil refinement (on Curaçao), as well as offshore finance were the mainstays of this small economy, which was closely tied to the outside world. The islands enjoyed a high per capita income and a well-developed infrastructure as compared with other countries in the region. Almost all consumer and capital goods were imported, with Venezuela, the United States, and Mexico being the major suppliers, as well as the Dutch government which supports the islands with substantial development aid. Poor soils and inadequate water supplies hampered the development of agriculture.

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