One of my first published books went by the title of “Curacao and the perpetual limbo with the Netherlands”. The book is written in Dutch and describes the 360 year relation of this tiny Caribbean colony with what later became the Kingdom of the Netherlands. A small summary.
How is it that the Netherlands regarding a few Caribbean Islands still continues to hold a semi colonial relation? How is it that these so-called autonomous islands apparently or seemingly don’t look after themselves and that, despite an ongoing discontent muddle along is in this relationship? Why are almost all Caribbean Islands independent and Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten are not? What impact does that have on the inhabitants?
The book consists of eleven chapters, interspersed with personal experiences in Curaçao, and builds from both past, Netherlands and Curacao, an argument that leads to greater understanding for each other and perhaps better long-term future of Curaçao, the largest and most populated island of the Netherlands Antilles. Because of the international nature of it the 11th chapter is written in English and the book concludes with an epilogue in the people’s language, Papiamento.
Côte d‘Ivoire is the original French name for one of the ex-colonies in Western Africa, better known as Ivory Coast. This book tells the events that took place in the run-up to the elections and the explosive outcome in 2010. The main character is a fictional Dutch student who during that period investigates supposed child slavery in the cocoa plantations, the most important source of income of the country. Unintentionally she gets involved in the ongoing political and economic ordeal that eventually leads to her persecution.
The president that lost the election during that time is still incarcerated in the International Criminal Court Detention Centre in The Hague in Holland.
De waschvrouwen van Bonaire
This semi-fictional family history tells how the Dutch Antillean island of Bonaire functioned as the main storehouse for Curacao. Ninety % of the people were African slaves that gradually mixed with the native Indians and European civil servants. Most women slaves worked in the fields and the men in the salt pans. On this quiet serene island everybody had a relatively good life, free from brutal punishment. The story concentrates on one family of which most women came to work as washerwomen for the administrators. The slow development of the island to a more modern way of life is shortly depicted in the last chapter.
This book still needs to be published.