Sint Michiel, Curaçao

Curaçao's History

The name of the slave who led the historic insurrection wasTula. Tula led 40 to 50 slaves to inform their owners that they would no longer be their property. From there, they banned together with other leaders to free more slaves. The slaves freed others from neighboring plantations while attacking their owners. The revolt lasted for seven weeks until Tula and the leaders were betrayed by another slave.

The artist Nel Simon, designed the monuments found around the island, with each marking an import spot of the insurrection. This monument marked the spot of Tula's execution. The beauty of the surrounding ocean creates a sense of calm serenity that has to be sensed, by one's self. These monuments are a gentle reminder that no matter how far we as a people have come, we have so much further to go.

The island of Curaçao is a sleepy Caribbean island that on days even during their Independence celebrations, has an easy laid back feel. However, on my journey to discover the island that is Curaçao, I found a past riddled with whispers of slavery and bondage.

Curaçao is by far my favorite island of the Caribbean, with its nearly perfect weather, tasty cuisine, and kind locals. And as many of the islands in the Caribbean, it has a past that was shaped by slavery. The stark difference between this island is the uprising that occurred. Proof of this revolt is marked all around the island with these white-washed shackle free fist.

By Kandice