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Introduction:

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 refinery.

The last decades of the 20th century saw a boom in the tourism industry. Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and became a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Movement toward full independence was halted at Aruba's request in 1990.

 

Aruba Flag
Flag

Aruba Emblem
Emblem

Quick Facts

Population:
116,576 (July 2018 est.)

Map Reference:
Central America and the Caribbean
Area:
total= 180 sq km

Government:
Parliamentary Democracy
Capital:
Oranjestad

Internet Code:
.aw

Airports:
1 (2013)

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Aruba Locater
Locater

Aruba Map
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Source: CIA The World Factbook

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