A Bit of Aruba History
Aruba was originally inhabited by the Caquetio Indians. Back in 1636, however, the Dutch took possession of the island until 1805. The English then took control for a few years, until 1816. Since January of 1986, however, Aruba has been considered a separate entity within the kingdom of the Netherlands. Aruba has its own constitution, which is based on Western democratic ideals. As you might guess, the island's largest industry is tourism.