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Aruba is a 32 km long island of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, 27 km north of the Paraguaná Peninsula, Falcón State, Venezuela, and it forms a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Discovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was conquered by the Dutch in 1636. The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries: gold mining, petroleum, and tourism.
Politics of Aruba, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic country, whereby the prime minister is the head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Federal legislative power is vested in both the government and parliament.
Historical & Tourist Attractions in Aruba
Famous tourism attactions are Wreck of German freighter from World War II , Chapel of Alto Vista , Church of Santa Anna, Noord, with 100 year-old hand-carved oak alter , Gold Mill Ruins , Historical graves dating back to early 18th century , Ruins of gold smelter of Bushiribana , Fontein cave with Indian drawings , Indian Rock Garden at Hooiberg II with its tropical garden and tropical birds, tiny museum and more , Natural Bridge , Rock formations of Ayo , Rock formations of Casibari , Yamonta Hill, Aruba's highest elevation with the best view of the island , Guadirikiri cave , Frenchman's Pass , Sand dunes of Prins , Sand dunes of California , Savaneta beach and picnic grounds ,
Arikok National Park, Palm Beach area , Eagle Beach , Arashi Beach, a popular dive site with colorful corals and fish species , Bubali, bird sanctuary , De Palm Reef Island , Huliba Cave