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  1. aruba

  2. Topics history geography culture climate

  3. History • Gained independence from the Netherlands in 1986. • Has self-government, but the Netherlands provides defense and handles foreign affairs. • American Indians first inhabited the island. The Netherlands took control in 1634. topics

  4. Geography • Aruba is a small island in the West Indies, just off the coast of Venezuela. (View map.) • The island measures 19 ½ miles long by 6 miles wide. The northern coast is rocky and windy. The calm southwest coast is popular with tourists. • About 97,000 people live on Aruba, compared to about 176,000 in Providence. topics

  5. Map of Aruba back

  6. Culture • Caribbean influence in food and music. • Economy based on tourism--beaches, water sports, casinos, restaurants. • Food – specialties • Pan bati (like a pancake) • Keshi yena (Gouda cheese, spices, and meat or seafood in a brown sauce) view picture topics

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  8. Climate • Perfect • Always sunny and 85 degrees. • Rains occasionally and briefly. topics

  9. For more information: http://frommers.com/destinations/aruba/ http://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Article?id=ar032780. U. S. Department of State: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/22491.htm topics