April 11, 2017

3016 NETHERLANDS (Aruba) - An Aruban girl

The culture of Aruba is an amalgamate of the various cultures that have occupied and lived on the island, including indigenous peoples of South America, descendants of African slaves, and Spanish and Dutch colonialists. Even if the island has been under Dutch administration since 1636, and since 1986 is one of the four countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Spanish influence is very present in the traditions of the islanders.

After all, the island was colonized by Spain for over a century, and many of Aruba's families are descended from Venezuelan immigrants (the coast of Venezuela is at only 29 kilometres south). No wonder therefore that the girl from the postcard wears a skirt that resembles with the pollera, used in traditional festivities and folklore throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America, mainly in Panama. About pollera I wrote here.

About the stamps
The stamp is part of the series Butterflies, designed by Eduardo Valbuena and issued on April 29, 2016.

Sender: Denise
Sent from Oranjestad (Aruba), on 24.02.2017  

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