Aruba: History

  1. 1499

    Spanish explorer Alonso de Ojeda is the first known European to arrive on the island.

  2. 1636

    As the Spanish garrison on the island dwindles, the Dutch take control of the island and colonize it.

  3. 1816

    After the island is controlled by Britain during the Napoleonic wars, it is returned to the Netherlands.

  4. 1824

    Gold is discovered which leads to a gold rush and prosperity on the island.

  5. 1954

    Aruba becomes part of the federation of the Netherlands Antilles.

  6. 1986

    Aruba secedes from the Netherlands Antilles and becomes a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

  7. 1991

    Oil refining resumes after ceasing six years before.

  8. 1994

    Movement toward full independence is halted by the governments of Aruba and the Netherlands at a convention.

  9. 2003

    Aruba agrees to a deal with the United States to exchange tax data to fight money-laundering.


BBC News