CUR TravelGuide 02.04.20 - Flipbook - Page 22
In the second half of the 17th century, the Dutch divided up Curaçao’s
land amongst private landowners. On their plantations these new
owners built large mansions (‘landhuizen’) for themselves and their
families, complete with storehouses, stables and quarters for house
slaves. Small huts, known as ‘kunuku houses’, were built for the field
slaves and can still be seen on the island.
Today, about 85 historic plantation houses have been preserved. They
can be found all across the island, usually on hilltops, to benefit from
the island breezes and to be visible from afar. You can enjoy fine food,
art, an evening of dancing, a good night’s rest or a stroll through a
museum at one of the landhuizen of Curaçao.
Landhuis Knip (or Kenepa) – Museo Tula
Landhuis Dokterstuin – great local food
Landhuis Chobolobo – Curaçao Liqueur Distillery
From the Dutch occupation of the island in 1634 right up to the end
of World War II, forts were built on vulnerable parts of the island.
Nowadays the forts are an important piece of the island’s rich history
and the best preserved are brightly illuminated at night.
MAKE SURE YOU VISIT:
22 • history
Fort Amsterdam (1635)
Fort Beekenburg (1703)
Rif Fort (1828)
Fort Nassau (1797)