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Curašao. The origin of Dinah.

The windward island of Curašao has been inhabited from approximately 3,000 years before Christ. First by the Arawak Indians, later among others by the Spanish settlers. From that time also comes the story that part of the crew of explorer Amerigo Vespucci ended up on the island with scurvy, while Vespucci itself sailed to other parts of America's north and east coast. On the way back he picked up his crew members. These were found to be in excellent health conditions because they had enjoyed the abundance of fresh fruit on the island. It is possible that the name Curašao originated during this time: "cura" means healing in Portuguese. Other theories indicate that Curašao is named after the Corrosol fruit, derived from the word Curacan (elongated), comes from the word Corauašu (large plantation) or is a corruption of the Portuguese word CorašÔo, which means heart.

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Nature plays an important role in the lives of Curašaoans. In some cases, they express this by participating in rituals. For example, in the fishing villages in the summer San Pedro, patron saint of fishermen, are honored with a party. In the agricultural villages, bringing in the harvest is celebrated at the end of the rain season. Dinah Veeris actively participates in a number of these rituals.


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