Category Archives: History

579. Curaçao: A Shtetl in the Caribbean

The documentary A SHTETL IN THE CARIBBEAN premiered on the silver screen of the EYE filmmuseum in Amsterdam today. The first group of Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe settled in Curaçao in 1926 to escape pogroms and poverty. They created their own Shtetl

579. Curaçao: A Shtetl in the Caribbean

The documentary A SHTETL IN THE CARIBBEAN premiered on the silver screen of the EYE filmmuseum in Amsterdam today. The first group of Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe settled in Curaçao in 1926 to escape pogroms and poverty. They created their own Shtetl

603. Curaçao’s ‘Forbidden’ New Year’s Tradition

Prolific Dutch writer Jan Brokken once described this forbidden new year’s tradition in all its culturally sensitive glory: “though man and woman don’t touch each other during tambú dance, they move more provocatively than a Dutch couple making love.” This form of recreation and

603. Curaçao’s ‘Forbidden’ New Year’s Tradition

Prolific Dutch writer Jan Brokken once described this forbidden new year’s tradition in all its culturally sensitive glory: “though man and woman don’t touch each other during tambú dance, they move more provocatively than a Dutch couple making love.” This form of recreation and

617. Curaçao’s 6 ‘Universal’ Beauties

Miss Curaçao, Curaçao’s national female beauty pageant, was founded in 1963 and has sent various stunningly beautiful contestants to the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants. Sample our awesome European – South American – West African melting pot by taking a look at some of our

617. Curaçao’s 6 ‘Universal’ Beauties

Miss Curaçao, Curaçao’s national female beauty pageant, was founded in 1963 and has sent various stunningly beautiful contestants to the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants. Sample our awesome European – South American – West African melting pot by taking a look at some of our

642. Curaçao’s Most Beloved Musician Rudy Plaate

Curaçao’s singer/songwriter/composer Rudy Plaate has composed over 400 songs over the course of his career, his genres range from waltz and tumba to mazurka, and the vast majority of his compositions profess deep love and admiration for his ‘island muse’ in her

642. Curaçao’s Most Beloved Musician Rudy Plaate

Curaçao’s singer/songwriter/composer Rudy Plaate has composed over 400 songs over the course of his career, his genres range from waltz and tumba to mazurka, and the vast majority of his compositions profess deep love and admiration for his ‘island muse’ in her

672. Substation Curaçao

Written by Natasha Chatlein. Discover Curaçao from a completely different vantage point: at a depth of 1,000 feet in a submarine! Curasub, as the submarine is called, descends four times a day from its launching pad at Bapor Kibrá to

672. Substation Curaçao

Written by Natasha Chatlein. Discover Curaçao from a completely different vantage point: at a depth of 1,000 feet in a submarine! Curasub, as the submarine is called, descends four times a day from its launching pad at Bapor Kibrá to

673. Curaçao’s YouTube Sensation: Captain Alex Alberto

Written by Jeroen Jansen. Translated by Carolina Gomes-Casseres. Our beloved Alex Alberto (qepd) passed away on July 5, 2013. He was a colorful man, a man who always had a story to tell. If you care to read his stories, simply

673. Curaçao’s YouTube Sensation: Captain Alex Alberto

Written by Jeroen Jansen. Translated by Carolina Gomes-Casseres. Our beloved Alex Alberto (qepd) passed away on July 5, 2013. He was a colorful man, a man who always had a story to tell. If you care to read his stories, simply

677. Curaçao’s Sephardic Synagogue’s Sand Floor

A visit to Curaçao’s majestic Mikvé Israel-Emanuel (“The Hope of Israel”) should be on many bucket lists. Built in 1732 as a tropical replica of the Esnoga (Amsterdam’s oldest synagogue, 1670/71) congregants’ ancestry dates back to 1651 when the first Portuguese Sephardic Jews settled

677. Curaçao’s Sephardic Synagogue’s Sand Floor

A visit to Curaçao’s majestic Mikvé Israel-Emanuel (“The Hope of Israel”) should be on many bucket lists. Built in 1732 as a tropical replica of the Esnoga (Amsterdam’s oldest synagogue, 1670/71) congregants’ ancestry dates back to 1651 when the first Portuguese Sephardic Jews settled