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''[[The Netherlands Genealogy|Netherlands]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Caribbean]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[The Netherlands Antilles Genealogy|Netherlands Antilles]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Bonaire'''
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Bonaire's first inhabitants were the Caquetios Indians, a branch of the [ Arawak]who, around 1000 AD, sailed from what is now Venezuela.
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[[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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