is the eastern-most Caribbean island in the 'ABC' island
chain, made up of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. Located
in the Netherlands Antilles, often called the Dutch Caribbean,
Bonaire is a mere 50 miles north of Venezuela, 30 miles
east of Curacao and 86 miles east of Aruba. Bonaire covers
112 square miles, is 24 miles long and 7 miles across
at its widest point. A small uninhabited island called
Klein Bonaire (Little Bonaire) lies close
to the western shore near the island's capital town, Kralendijk.
The island's rich history dates back to 1499 when it was
discovered by the Spanish. Long ago, the native population
of Bonaire was the Arawak Indians. The Arawak Indian word
for "Low Lands" was "Bojnay," which
was adapted to the word, Bonaire. Much of the rich culture
and diverse history of Bonaire can still be found in many
of the island's landmarks, architecture and native population.
The official language is Dutch but nearly everyone speaks
English. The native language is unique and called Papiamentu,
a mix of many different languages and spoken throughout
the ABC islands.
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