Dating angola ao
Dating angola ao
In the 16th and 17th centuries, sailors on long voyages would get scurvy from lack of vitamin C.According to some accounts, Portuguese sailors who were ill were left at the island now known as Curação.
From then on the Portuguese referred to this as Ilha da Curação (Island of Healing).
"Another explanation is that it is derived from the Portuguese word for heart (coração), referring to the island as a centre in trade." Unstressed o in Continental Portuguese are usually pronounced [u], so the Portuguese word for heart, coração, is actually pronounced [kurɐsãw].
Spanish traders took the name over as Curaçao, which was followed by the Dutch.
Another explanation is that Curaçao was the name by which the indigenous peoples of the island identified themselves, their autonym. Early Spanish accounts support this theory, as they refer to the indigenous peoples as Indios Curaçaos, or "healing Indians." The original inhabitants of Curaçao were Arawak peoples.
Their ancestors had migrated to the island from the mainland of South America, likely hundreds of years before Europeans arrived.
They were believed to have migrated from the Amazon Basin.
The first Europeans recorded as seeing the island were members of a Spanish expedition under the leadership of Alonso de Ojeda in 1499.
The Spaniards enslaved most of the Arawak as their labour force.
They sometimes forcibly relocated the survivors to other colonies where workers were needed.
In 1634, after the Netherlands achieved independence from Spain, Dutch colonists started to occupy the island.
European powers were trying to get bases in the Caribbean.
The Dutch West India Company founded the capital of Willemstad on the banks of an inlet called the 'Schottegat.' Curaçao had been ignored by colonists, because it lacked gold deposits.