|Aruba's interesting history
includes being caught in the middle of the wars of European colonizers
and a boom and bust economy driven by the discovery of gold. Arubans
are especially proud of their unique language, Papiamento, which is a
combination of Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, English, African, and Native
Aruba's European History started when Alonso de Ojeda claimed Aruba for Spain in 1499. In 1634, at the end of an 80 year long war with Spain, the Dutch took over the island. Aruba is currently part of the Dutch Commonwealth.
Economically, in 1824 Aruba's economy exploded with growth when gold was discovered on the Island. By 1913 most of the gold had been mined and Aruba's economy soon soured.
Today, Aruba is the leading producer of Aloe products. Aruba also is home to one of the largest oil refineries in the Caribbean and it also has a relatively large tourist trade that helps its economy prosper.