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Aruba

October 26th 2007
Aruba is an island which is part of the "West Indies". It is 20 miles long and 6 miles wide, has 101K inhabitants, and is located 17 miles from Venuzuela and 40 from Colombia. Aruba is an autonomous state within the Netherlands (under Dutch administration and support). An oil refinery keeps the economy strong and Aruba is the world's largest exporter of aloe (once covered 2/3rds of the island). ... read more
Central America Caribbean » Aruba » Oranjestad

Aruban; Dutch Flag Discovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was acquired by the Dutch in 1636. The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries. A 19th century gold rush was followed by prosperity brought on by the opening in 1924 of an oil refin... ... read more
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