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The Curaçao Difference

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African Heritage

Learn About Our African Caribbean Heritage

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Curaçao’s African Caribbean culture beats like a proud and festive heart. Although the island is a mix of nationalities, African descendants make up the majority. Rising up through the oppression of the slave trade, the Afro-Curaçaoan people have established rich cultural traditions embraced by both natives and visitors.

African influence can be seen in the language of Papiamentu, a language once used to bridge the gap between the slaves and owners, but is now the keystone of Curaçao communication. There is also Tambú, the “Curaçao Blues,” which the African descendants used to express their outrage and sorrow at slavery through song, music, and dance.

There are other areas as well, such as food, religion, and spirituality. These Caribbean African traditions, introduced in the late 1600s, continue to influence Curaçao to this day.

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A Captivating Caribbean African Culture

Escape to the Caribbean’s hidden treasure. Fall in love with Curacao’s world-class diving and beaches, invigorating outdoor adventure, and dynamic African Caribbean culture. Make your travel arrangements today!