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Curaçao Timeline

2500 BC
AD 500

1499

1621
1628

1634
1635

1635-46
1639
1646-64

1648

1651

1654

1659

1664-1792
1674-75
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1706
1710
1713
1714

1732

1750-51
1789

1791
1795
1800-02
1807-16
1821
1822-1830
1825
1826
1828
1834
1845
1861-66
1863
1871
1874-78
1882

1883
1885
1888

1897

1901
1906

1908
1910
1917

1918
1923
1929

1931
1943
1944
1952
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1969
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1988

1997
First Amerindians arrive from northern South America
Caquetíos migrate from present day Venezuela

First Spanish ship lands at Curaçao

First Dutch West India Company (WIC) formed
WIC captures Spanish silver fleet, consolidating Dutch
domination of the seas
Dutch seize Curaçao from Spain
Amsterdam Chamber of WIC granted exclusive authority over
Curaçao
Curaçao administered from Pernambuco, Brazil
WIC Director first requests import of slaves to Curaçao
Curaçao administered from New Netherland
(present day New York)
Peace of Westphalia ends Eighty Years War; Spain and the
Netherlands sign Treaty of Munster
First group of twelve Sephardic Jews arrives on Curaçao from
Amsterdam
Dutch lose colony in Brazil; WIC personnel stationed there move
the Curaçao
Second group of Sephardic Jews arrives on Curaçao from
Amsterdam
WIC administers Curaçao directly from Ft. Amsterdam
First WIC disbanded; Second WIC begins operation;
Curaçao declared a free port

First houses built in Otrobanda
First house built in Pietermaai
French privateer Jacques Cassard invades Curaçao
Peace of Utrecht ends War of Spanish Succession,
consolidating international power of British and French
WIC grants private merchants the right to participate in the slave
trade
Slave uprising at Hato Plantation
Curaçao's slave population peaks at 12,804; Jewish population
peaks at 2000
Second WIC disbznded
Island's largest slave uprising at Kenepa Plantation
First British occupation of Curaçao
Second British occupation of Curaçao
First local coins stamped with word Curaçao
Federation of Greater Colombia in South America
Prohibition against Jews holding o6ice on Curaçao abolished
Curaçao declared a free port again
Curaçao Bank (present day Central Bank) established
Curaçao Chamber of Commerce first established
Territory of the Netherlands Antilles created
Town walls around Punda demolished
Slaves emancipated
First regular steamship connection
Venezuelan ports closed to foreign ships
Venezuela imposes 30% surcharge on all imports from the
Antilles
First bridge built between Punda and Scharloo; first telephone
First telegraph connection
Queen Emma pontoon bridge built between Punda and
Otrobanda
First electric lighting in Willemstad

First modern cruise ship calls
Venezuela repeals 30% surcharge on transshipped Antillean
goods
First wireless station opens on Curaçao
First car imported; desalination plant built
First shipment of crude oil arrives for processing; first local
private bank opens its doors
Royal Dutch Shell oil refinery officially opens on Curacao
First airplane lands on Curaçao
Pan American World Airways inaugurates regular service from
Miami
Hato airfield constructed
Local currency introduced
First local political party founded
Employment at Shell refinery peaks at 12,631 people
Netherlands Antilles becomes an autonomous member of the
Dutch Kingdom
Local television station begins transmitting
Netherlands Antilles becomes affiliated with European Economic
Community
Workers' strike becomes social uprising
First black Prime Minister elected
Venezuela repeals 30% surcharge on Antillean goods; Queen
Juliana Bridge opens over harbor
Venezuelan Bolivar devalued, halting shopping tourism to
Curaçao
Royal Dutch Shell leaves Curaçao; refinery operations taken
over by Venezuelan state oil company; Aruba secedes from the
Netherlands Antilles
Tax treaty with the United States expires, threatening offshore
sector
United Nations names Willemstad a World Heritage Site

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