Place:Netherlands Antilles

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NameNetherlands Antilles
Alt namesAntilhas Holandesassource: Rand McNally Atlas (1994) p 319
Antillas Holandesassource: Rand McNally Atlas (1986) I-39
Antillas Neerlandesessource: Rand McNally Atlas (1994) p 319
Antilles holandaisesource: Rand McNally Atlas (1986) I-39
Antilles néerlandaisessource: Cassell's French Dictionary (1981) p 508
Curaçaosource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 822-825
Dutch Antillessource: Family History Library Catalog
Dutch West Indiessource: Times Atlas of World History (1993) p 351
Nederlandse Antillensource: Wikipedia
Netherlands West Indiessource: Wikipedia
Niederländische Antillensource: Cassell's German Dictionary (1982) p 43
ANTsource: Abbreviation
TypeDependent state
Coordinates12.167°N 69°W
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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The Netherlands Antilles (Dutch: Nederlandse Antillen , Papiamentu: Antia Hulandes), also referred to informally as the Dutch Antilles, was an autonomous Caribbean country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Although the country has now been dissolved, all of its constituent islands remain part of the kingdom under a different legal status and the term is still used to refer to these Dutch Caribbean islands.

The Netherlands Antilles consisted of two island groups. The ABC Islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao are in located just off the Venezuelan coast about a thousand miles west of the Lesser Antilles. The SSS islands of Sint Maarten (actually a territory covering a bit less than half an island), Saba, and Sint Eustatius are in the Leeward Islands southeast of the Virgin Islands near the northern end of the Lesser Antilles. The Dutch colonized these islands in the 17th century and united them in the new constituent state of the Netherlands Antilles in 1954.

Aruba became a separate state within the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1986. The Kingdom of the Netherlands dissolved the Netherlands Antilles on 10 October 2010,[1] reconstituting Curaçao and Sint Maarten as new constituent countries and Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius as special municipalities within the Netherlands.

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