Published On: Thu, Mar 26th, 2015

Curacao’s newest museum showcases Punda

Handelskade-1890s-vs-2014Punda, otherwise known as “The Point” has a long and interesting history in the formation of Willemstad. As the first settlement of the Dutch on Curaçao, and the first seat of government on the island, the neighborhood is awash in echoes of continual transformation. Once the nexus of the rich and powerful, the hub of commerce, and the bastion of social activity, it was the most highly guarded region of the island, flanked by two forts and three walls. And at one point in history, it was dubbed “La Boutique del Caribe”-  French for “The Boutique of the Caribbean” due to its large concentration of shops selling the finest luxuries and fashions the region had to offer from all over the world.

But as residents moved out to raise their families in more rural neighborhoods, and "wall cancer" began to creep into the buildings - the decay initiated by the salt air - the neighborhood started  to seriously decline. Though the Curaçao Monuments foundation has been busy for the last three decades restoring 17th and 18th century colonial buildings there, and the neighborhood has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, read the entire article click here.

By Susan Campbell for Nights Publications.

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