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The Dutch former Colonies

List of Settlements

Venezuela

VENEZUELA
Punta de Araya:
Isla Tortuga:Unare River

Venezuela: Caracas Punta de Araya

Throughout the centuries, salt has been an important trade commodity. In early Roman days, the soldiers were paid their wages in salt - salarium- hence the English work for pay became salary. Salt was no less important to the sixteenth century Dutch- they had cornered the European market with salt that came mostly from Portugal.

Arround 1550, Portugal came under the rule of Spain, a country with whom the Netherlands was already at war. Faced with the loss of their salt source, the Dutch sailors began to explore the Caribbean in search of a new supply. One of the first places they explored was Punta de Araya, Venezuela, on the South American coast. A Salt industry soon developed there, and the area became major supply center. The Dutch sailors continued to explore the Caribbean islands that lay off the South American continent, Bonaire being one of them.

In 1623, the first Dutch ships landed on Bonaire, and in 1636 the Dutch occupied the islands and began to develop the salt, dyewood and mutton industries.

 

Venezuela

 

Venezuela

 
 

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