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Aruba at a Glance

Location:Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, north of Venezuela
Climate:tropical marine; little seasonal temperature variation
Terrain:flat with a few hills; scant vegetation
Resources:NEGL; white sandy beaches
Hazards:hurricanes; lies outside the Caribbean hurricane belt and is rarely threatened
Population:103,065




A Brief Profile of Aruba

Discovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was acquired by the Dutch in 1636. The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries. A 19th century gold rush was followed by prosperity brought on by the opening in 1924 of an oil refinery. The last decades of the 20th century saw a boom in the tourism industry. Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and became a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Movement toward full independence was halted at Aruba's request in 1990.






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