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Spanish priests from Venezuela attempted to Christianize them.

The Dutch West India Company (WIC) took possession of Aruba in 1636, two years after the Dutch conquest of Curaçao. Colonization of the island was forbidden until 1754.

Aruban Papiamento has a stronger Spanish influence compared to that spoken on Curaçao and Bonaire.

Owing to 360 years of colonial domination, Dutch is the official language in education and public affairs. Papiamento and the national flag, anthem, and coat of arms are the most important national symbols.

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The Eagle Oil Refining Company (a Royal Dutch/Shell affiliate) ceased its activities in 1953.

Aruba's area is 70 square miles (180 square kilometers).

The climate is tropical, with an average temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius). Aruba's population was 93,424 in 1998, as compared to 59,995 in 1987. Not included are an estimated 5,000 illegal aliens.

In 1767, the colony consisted of one hundred twenty households, twelve of which were in the employ of the WIC. After the dissolution of the WIC (1792) and two English interregnums (1801–18–1816), serious colonization started.

The elite was mainly active in commercial agriculture and illegal trade with South America.

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