At Curaçao’s Fort Amsterdam, the waterside stone fortress that garrisons the leadership of the Netherlands Antilles, one item permanently leads the daily agenda: putting the government out of business. On 10 October the Antilles will disappear from the map. Its red, white and blue flag will be lowered for the last time, its police force will surrender their badges, and its guilder coins will be melted down. “You can’t Google it,” Emily de Jongh-Elhage, the Antilles’ last prime minister, likes to say. There is no online instruction manual to unb…
Curaçao-based Banco di Caribe
A picture of Queen Beatrix at the prime minister’s office at Fort Amsterdam
Former Antilles state secretary of finance, Alex Rosaria
Eric Matto, deputy director of the national bank
The bank, with flags of Curaçao, the Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, and the central bank’s crest
Oil refinery, port of Willemstad
Cheesemonger, Albert Heijn store
Houses along St Annabaai channel
David Dick, economic affairs and tourism commissioner
Student at University of the Netherlands Antilles
Goisco wholesale-style big-box store
Freek van Beetz, adviser to Antillean prime minister, Emily de Jongh-Elhage
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