Curacao

In the Caribbean Sea, near the coast of Venezuela, there is a small stony island of Curacao. Curacao is the largest island of the Netherlands Antilles and a self-governing public entity of the same name, located in the south of the Caribbean Sea. The lack of fresh water Curacao is covered with poor vegetation. In 1499, the Spanish navigator Alonso Ojeda left slicks.

In the Caribbean Sea, near the coast of Venezuela, there is a small stony island of Curacao

Curacao's mild climate climate helped to improve the sick, or they were cured by locals - it's not known, but when a few years later another Spanish ship sailed to the island. Since that time, the island was called Curacao, which means "recovery".

The relief of the plains and dry islands of Curacao is extremely diverse. Along its southern coast there are small bays and picturesque bays, this coast is characterized by convenient harbors in which large ports are located. In the south-eastern part of Curacao there is an island capital - the city of Willemstad. The rough relief of the northern coast of Curacao is composed of rocks of volcanic origin. This side of the island is subject to strong winds. The north of Curacao is essentially not inhabited, however, a few local villages are extremely picturesque. In the center of the island there is a rocky massif Ato (Hato, 178 m).

Hundreds of species of cacti grow on the island. The real symbol of the Antilles is the divi-div tree, always pointing to the west in Curacao because of the ever-blowing eastern winds. On the island, some species of palm trees are distributed, as well as trees of mansania - plants with a rough dark crust and small green leaves. Its fruits and juices are poisonous, even touching the crust of an attic.

The basis of the economy of Curacao is tourism, oil refining and offshore business. Agriculture is poorly developed, due to poor soil and lack of fresh water.

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