New Book: “De geschiedenis van Aruba tot 1816”


The launch for De geschiedenis van Aruba tot 1816 [The History of Aruba until 1816], by Adi Martis, will take place on November 8, 2018, at 8:00pm at Biblioteca Nacional Aruba. The library is located at Bachstraat 5, Oranjestad, Aruba.

Description: This book covers the history of Aruba until 1816. It describes the pre-colonial period (2500 BC-1500), the years when the island was owned by Spain (1499-1634), the period under the rule of the West India Company (1636-1791), and the turbulent transitional years that followed until the transfer of the island by the English to the Netherlands (1792-1816). In the spring of 2019, Martis will publish the second part, about the history of Aruba from 1816 to the present.

Dr. J.A. (Adi) Marti has collected more than fifty years of literature on Aruba and the Caribbean. After retiring as an art historian at Utrecht University, he decided to tell his own story about his birth island from a Caribbean perspective. For the past eight years, he has consulted primary sources from archives in Spain (Seville), the Netherlands (The Hague, Amsterdam, Leiden and Utrecht) and on Aruba; in order to reread the most important secondary literature and conduct genealogical research on old Aruban families.

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