Driving through Curaçao’s landscapes, they are visible from afar: the old plantation houses. They speak to us of a past long gone. A past in which plantations, homegrown food, cattle breeding, salt production, country houses and slavery were a true daily reality. These houses have lost their original functions, and the farming undertakings were never of much merit. Most of them have fallen into the hands of new owners who turned them into offices, hotels, galleries or private residences.

 Nonetheless, a visit to one of the plantation houses still continues to transmit a sense of their history. This book contains the stories of eighteen plantation houses which offer a real illustration of the history behind Curaçao’s plantations. It answers questions such as: Who used to live there? What was cultivated on its soil, and who did all the necessary labor? How did plantation houses get their names and why are almost all of them yellow? And what is their current function?

 The plantation houses are intrinsically bound to Curaçao’s history. The current plan to nominate four plantation houses (all found in this book) for the UNESCO’s World Heritage List makes it clear that this story is indeed unique and worth telling.

 Filled with old and new photographs and stories, this book is a must-have for anyone who wants to take a closer look at Curaçao’s plantation houses. For this reason, special care has also been taken to include almost exclusively those plantation houses that can be visited.


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