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Willemstad (Curacao)
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Raven
N 12° 06.307 W 068° 56.028
19P E 507203 N 1338178
Quick Description: Willemstad is the capital of the island of Curacao, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Location: Curaçao
Date Posted: 3/24/2013 9:08:19 PM
Waymark Code: WMGNNB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 8

Long Description:
Willemstad is the capital of the island of Curacao, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It has an estimated population of 140,000 consisting of 55 nationalities, and was the capital of the Netherlands Antilles prior to its dissolution in 2010.

Willemstad is one of the world’s richest cities in culture and diversity. Just like its neighboring sisters of Havana, Cuba or San Juan, Puerto Rico, it is a typical Caribbean port town... but one that did not have a hinterland: it was focused on trade with the surrounding colonies, mainly the Spanish colonies on the South American continental coast, but also with French and English colonies.

The capital includes four distinct historic districts: two of them -- Punda and Otrobanda -- are separated by the St. Anna Bay, an inlet that leads into a large natural harbor called Schottegat. Two other two -- Pietermaai and Scharloo -- are located near Punda on the East side of the Bay.

The city houses several historical buildings whose architecture reflects European urban-planning concepts all the while incorporating styles from both the Netherlands and Spanish and Portuguese colonial towns. Based on this unique characteristic, the historic zones of Willemstad were added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1997 based on, quote: "the basis of cultural criteria considering that the Historic Area of Willemstad is a European colonial ensemble in the Caribbean of outstanding value and integrity, which illustrates the organic growth of a multicultural community over three centuries and preserves to a high degree significant elements of the many strands that came together to create it." (source: UNESCO World Heritage Center).
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