The Dutch Carribean are the islands in the Carribean that are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The three ABC Islands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao sit just north of Venezuela, while the Leeward Islands Sint Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustacius are located a whopping 900 km more to the northeast , just below Anguilla Island.
Apart from a centuries long common history under Dutch sovereignty the two sets of islands have not very much in common.
In the Leeward islands English is the first language while in the ABC Islands most people speak the local Papiamento. The official and legal language for all the islands is Dutch.
In the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 1954 the six islands became the Netherlands Antilles, a country within the Kingdom.
Since October 2010 Aruba, St Maarten and Curacao are autonomous  constituent countries and Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius have the status of special Dutch municipalities.
When we  lived in Curacao we took the opportunity to explore the iDutch Carribean and found tthem all very different.
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ABC Isles
Leeward Isles