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Bonaire's first inhabitants were the Caquetios Indians, a branch of the Arawakwho, around 1000 AD, sailed from what is now Venezuela.
Bonaire is a special municipality of The Netherlands, and is a part of the Caribbean Netherlands, together with St. Eustatisu and Saba. The United Nations recognizes these three islands as one governmental unit.
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Bonaire's Capital City is (Kralendijk)
You can find other areas and towns on Bonaire Map, which include:
Other smaller settlements include
Several smaller towns had existed in the national park, but are now abandoned. They were: Labra, Ishiri, Kokorobi, Jan Doran, Vlijt, Rigot, Porto Spano, and Kunchi.
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Both the windward (Christopher Columbus, 1493) and leeward (Alonso de Ojeda, 1499) island groups were discovered and initially settled by Spain. In the 17th century, the islands were conquered by the Dutch West Indies Company and were used as military outposts and trade bases, most prominent the slave trade. Slavery was abolished in 1863.
The oldest citizen of Bonaire Catalina Elisabeth Francisca Paula-Frans, better known as ‘Chabe,’ celebrated her 104th birthday March 16 to March 23, 2007, according to the Bonaire Reporter.
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