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By Cornelis C. Goslinga

To English-speaking historians, the writer of this publication, a Dutchman who for a few years now unearths his base on the collage of Florida, grew to become renowned whilst his The Dutch within the Caribbean and at the Wild Coast, 158~I680 used to be released in 1972. at the moment Professor Goslinga, who sooner than his educational occupation within the usa, lived for a longer interval in Cura~ao, Netherlands Antilles, had already got a superb acceptance between Dutch Caribbeanists by way of his manifold courses on social, political and maritime points of Dutch West Indian heritage. by means of his education, pursuits and current place, Dr. Goslinga would appear to me to be singularly well-equipped to put in writing a accomplished historical past - geared to an English-speaking collage public - of what used to be referred to as the Netherlands West Indies. the current booklet is the made from this expert apparatus and of his lengthy instructing event. it's going to pass some distance in filling the previous and large hole in old details in this a part of the previous Dutch empire, and that i wish an both huge yet more youthful viewers will have fun with it.

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Bonaire had been singled out for the next Dutch campaign. Van Walbeeck had an accurate map drawn and dispatched a ship to reconnoiter. Its captain reported that the island was inhabited by a few cattle and six Indians. The occupation took place in April of r636 and was marked by nothing at all. Van Walbeeck ordered the construction of a small fort in a place called Barbudo (the Po os di Vaca of today), and equipped it with some guns and a garrison of around forty men. Aruba was occupied a month later, after its few Spanish residents had hastily departed for the mainland, taking the Indians with them.

Of the remaining twenty families of Indians, not one person could be trusted. Van Walbeeck, fearing the possible consequences of an alliance between the Indians of the island and the mainland CURA9AO AS WAR BASE with the Spaniards pushed forward the construction on the Point, of the Waterfort, a temporary defense, and of Fort Amsterdam, also on the Point, to protect the entrance to the Schottegat. The Waterfort was soon a reality, in spite of the threat of mutiny among the soldiers, who several times refused to cooperate or demanded more pay.

No clue remains as to whether the Schouten expedition even sighted the Cura<;ao group. It is known, however, that on Easter of 1626 Boudewijn Hendriksz landed on Bonaire to rest his men for a few days after their abortive attempt to conquer Margarita. A year later, a small squadron under the command of Hendrik Jacobszoon Lucifer passed the Cura<;ao islands, but the Dutch did not go ashore. In 1628, Joost van Trappen, Piet Heyn's rear admiral in the adventure of Matanzas, visited Bonaire. In r629, another agent of the WIC, Adriaan Janszoon Pater, passed the Cura<;ao islands without disembarking, although on his return voyage a year later he did stay for a few days on Bonaire.

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