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Curaçao (population 150,000) is an island in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea, one of the Windward Islands of the Netherlands Antilles, a dependency of the Netherlands. Curaçao's capital is Willemstad[?].

First settled by the Spaniards, the island was occupied by the Dutch in 1634. The main industries of the island are tourism and oil refining[?]. Curacao gained limited self-government on January 1, 1996.

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