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'''''See also Netherlands Antilles'''''.
[[Caribbean]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[The Netherlands Genealogy|The Netherlands]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Bonaire''' Guide to '''{{PAGENAME}} ancestry, family history and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.
Guide to '''{{PAGENAME}} ancestry, family history and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.
'''''See also [[The Netherlands Antilles Genealogy|Netherlands Antilles]]'''''.
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[[Image:Kralendijk town and Klein Bonaire.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Kralendijk town and Klein Bonaire.jpg]]
Bonaire's first inhabitants were the Caquetios Indians, a branch of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arawak Arawak]who, around 1000 AD, sailed from what is now Venezuela.
== Country Status ==
Bonaire is a special municipality of the [[Netherlands]], and is a part of the Caribbean Netherlands, together with Sint Eustatius, and Saba (BES Islands). The United Nations recognizes these three islands as one governmental unit. Before 1910 they were part of the [[The Netherlands Antilles Genealogy|Netherlands Antilles]].<ref>See the Wikipedia article on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_Netherlands Caribbean Netherlands].</ref>
== Getting started with Bonaire research ==
== Did you know? ==
[[Image:Slave huts Bonaire.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Slave huts Bonaire.jpg]]
Both the windward (Christopher Columbus, 1493) and leeward (Alonso de Ojeda, 1499) island groups were discovered and initially settled by Spain. In the 17th century, the islands were conquered by the Dutch West Indies Company and were used as military outposts and trade bases, most prominent the slave trade. Slavery was abolished in 1863.
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*[[Bonaire Emigration and Immigration|Emigration &amp; Immigration]]
*[[Bonaire Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
*[[Bonaire GenealogyBonaire_Genealogy|Genealogy]]
*[[Bonaire Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]
*[[Bonaire History|History]]
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