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Netherlands Antilles*

Willemstad

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This federation consists of Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maartin at the northern end of the Windward Islands; Aruba (not part of the federation) and Bonaire and Curacao off the coast of Venezuela. Spaniards landed there in 1499 and claimed them in 1527. The last three were captured from Spain by the Dutch when they settled there in 1643.

(Spain did not control them closely and had little interest in them compared to the value of the mainland). There was a British occupation during the Napoleonic wars. The federation is associated with the Netherlands for purposes of defense and foreign affairs but has internal self-government. There is an independence movement.

Sint Maartin is an island shared with the French administered St Martin.

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