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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 [ 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 [ Caribbean Netherlands].</ref>
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=== Jurisdictions ===
Spain 1526, Netherlands 1636, Great Britain 1800, Netherlands 1803, Great Britain 1807, Netherlands 1816.<ref>[ Bonaire] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 30 September 2015).</ref>
Bonaire's Capital City is [ (Kralendijk)]
Several smaller towns had existed in the national park, but are now abandoned. They were: Labra, Ishiri, Kokorobi, Jan Doran, Vlijt, Rigot, Porto Spano, and Kunchi.
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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.
The oldest citizen of Bonaire '''Catalina Elisabeth Francisca Paula-Frans''', better known as ‘Chabe,’ celebrated her 104th birthday March 16 to March 23, 2007, according to the Bonaire Reporter.
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