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Did You Know
In 1824, twelve year-old Willem Rasmijn found the first gold pieces at Rooi Fluit.
1908 was the first time soccer was played in Aruba.
Fort Zoutman and Willem III tower are more than 200 years old.
Aruba had its first touch of asphalt in 1929 - the first street to be asphalted was Nassaustraat (now known as Caya G.F. Croes).
The first Hotel in Aruba opened its doors in 1934 - it was called the 'Hotel Caribe'.
The Chapel of Alto Vista was built in 1750.
Aruba has eight churches.
The first time a cruise-ship docked in Aruba was in 1957.
The first person to wear shoes in Aruba was a prominent businessman named Adriaan Laclé.
The first radio station in Aruba went on the air on March 20th 1954: it was called Radio Kelkboom.
On the 10th of May, 1941, the 'Antilla' was sunk in the vicinity of Malmok. It is now a popular diving site.
The first airport in Aruba was called Dakota (after a former government aloe plantation). It was inaugurated on January 19,1935.
Princess (later Queen) Beatrix Airport was completed in 1972 - it was paid for in a large part by what is now the European Community (then EEC).
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