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Willlemstad, the capital of the Caribean island of Curacao, and the biggest
city in the Dutch Caribbean with a population of 140,000 people.


The Historic Area of Willemstad is an example of a colonial trading and administrative
settlement. It was established by the Dutch on the island of Curaçao, situated in the
southern Caribbean, near the tip of South America. Starting with the construction of
Fort Amsterdam in 1634 on the eastern bank of Sint Anna Bay, the town developed
continuously over the following centuries.

The modern town, the capital of the island nation of Curaçao, consists of several
distinct historic districts, reflecting different eras of colonial town planning and
development. Punda, the oldest part of the city, was built in the 17th century on the
eastern side of Sint Anna Bay, adjacent to Fort Amsterdam and is the only part of the
city that had a defence system consisting of walls and ramparts. The other three
historic urban districts (Pietermaai, Otrobanda and Scharloo) date from the 18th
century. Water Fort and Rif Fort, also included in the inscribed property, were built in the
late 1820s as part of a more extensive series of fortifications. In the midst of the historic
area is a natural deep-water harbour. The entire property encompasses 86 ha
and is surrounded by a 87 ha buffer zone.

The architecture of Willemstad has been influenced not only by Dutch colonial concepts
but also by the tropical climate and architectural styles from towns throughout the
Caribbean region, with which the settlement engaged in trade. Early residences
constructed in Punda followed Dutch urban design. In the 18th century, local materials and
craftsmanship as well as new architectural elements, such as galleries, began to
appear. As the city expanded beyond Punda, the architectural style of the residences
evolved. For example, the development of Otrobanda was not restricted by ramparts and
houses were built on spacious lots and resembled plantation houses surrounded by
galleries. Moreover, the social and cultural differences from Afro-American, Iberian and
Caribbean inhabitants have contributed to enriching the building traditions as well as the
city’s cultural life. The result is a European architectural style with regional adaptations
in a rich array of Caribbean colours. The colourful buildings of Willemstad are a local tradition
dating from 1817, when the previous style of white lime finish on a building exterior was
prohibited, apparently to protect eyesight from the glare. Predominant colours are red,
blue, yellow ochre and various shades of green.

Punda


Pietermaai


Scharloo


Otrobanda, aka the Otherside
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