Place:Netherlands Antilles


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 distinct island groups. First, the "windward" or "ABC Islands" — Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao — are located in the southern Caribbean Sea, just off the Venezuelan coast. Second, the "leeward" or "SSS islands" — Sint Maarten, Saba, and Sint Eustatius — are part of the Lesser Antilles; they are approximately northeast of the ABC Islands. The Dutch colonized the various islands in the 17th century and united them as the Netherlands Antilles in 1954.

The Netherlands Antilles was dissolved on 10 October 2010.[1] Curaçao and Sint Maarten became distinct constituent countries alongside Aruba which had become a distinct constituent country in 1986; whereas Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba (the "BES Islands") became special municipalities within the Netherlands proper.


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