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Capital Willemstad
Location Southern Caribbean sea, 65 km (40mi) north of the Venezuelan coast
Time zone -4 (UTS-4)
Official languages  Papiamentu
Dutch
English
Area 444 km²
171.4 sq.mi
Highest point 372 m (Mont. St. Christopher  
Population 160337 (January 1st, 2017)
Population density 361/km² (January 1st, 2017))
History:
1499 Discovered by Alonso de Ojeda. Spaniards settle on Curaçao
1643 The Dutch conquer Curaçao. 
1800-1802 First British occupation
1807-1855 Second British occupation
1863 Slavery abolished
1954 The Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire, St.Maarten, St.Eustatius
Saba) are granted internal autonomy within the Kingdom of the Netherlands
2010 The Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire, St.Maarten, St.Eustatius and Saba)
became autonomous states within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, a similar status
as that of Aruba, whereas the smaller islands Bonaire, Saba and St.Eustatius
become Dutch municipalities
Government Unitary parliamentary resprestative democracy under constitutional monarchy.