Spanish explorer Alonso de Ojeda is the first known European to arrive on the island.
As the Spanish garrison on the island dwindles, the Dutch take control of the island and colonize it.
After the island is controlled by Britain during the Napoleonic wars, it is returned to the Netherlands.
Gold is discovered which leads to a gold rush and prosperity on the island.
Aruba becomes part of the federation of the Netherlands Antilles.
Aruba secedes from the Netherlands Antilles and becomes a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Oil refining resumes after ceasing six years before.
Movement toward full independence is halted by the governments of Aruba and the Netherlands at a convention.
Aruba agrees to a deal with the United States to exchange tax data to fight money-laundering.