|UNESCO #819 - Willemstad Harbour (Dutch Caribbean Naval Base) - CURAÇAO|
Friday, October 04, 2013
Willemstad Harbour - CURAÇAO - UNESCO #819
My first postcard picturing Curaçao in the Netherlands Antilles doesn't show exactly the historic area of Willemstad, but the Naval Harbour instead. I'm having some doubts about considering this card in my UNESCO collection, but since Curaçao is such a rare territory I think I'm going to put it there, at least until a better card arrives. Thank you Marije for this postcard, for now it will be my 170th WHS, only 811 to finish. This postcard took 8 days to arrive!
The people of the Netherlands established a trading settlement at a fine natural harbour on the Caribbean island of Curaçao in 1634. The town developed continuously over the following centuries. The modern town consists of several distinct historic districts whose architecture reflects not only European urban-planning concepts but also styles from the Netherlands and from the Spanish and Portuguese colonial towns with which Willemstad engaged in trade.