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Fort Zoutman / Historical Museum

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Centuries ago, when settlement was permitted by the Dutch, Paarden Baai (Horses Bay) in Oranjestad became an intermediate harbor for trade between Curaçao and Venezuela. For protection against pirates and enemies, Fort Zoutman, Aruba’s oldest building, was built in 1798, and, due to commercial growth, Oranjestad was named Aruba’s capital. The fort, named after Dutch Rear Admiral Johan Arnold Zoutman who never stepped foot on Aruba but defeated the English in the North Sea, did ward off an English attack in 1799. The Willem III Tower was built in 1868 and first lit on King Willem III’s birthday; it served as both a lighthouse and public clock tower. After 95 years, the light in the tower was extinguished in 1963.

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Number of user reviews:43.4
  • Fort Zoutman / Historical Museum

    Yes,.....what can i say, a bit simple not really mutch to see !

  • Fort Zoutman / Historical Museum

    This is a beautiful historical structure right in the downtown area.

  • Fort Zoutman / Historical Museum

    There is not much to see because the place is small, and they should offer a little tour with explanations about the building and the artifacts, to make the visit more valuable. The entrance price is 5$ per person. // No hay mucho que ver porque el lugar es pequeño, y deberían ofrecer un recorrido sencillo con explicaciones sobre el edificio y los artefactos, para hacer la visita más valiosa.

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1 Zoutmanstraat

WeekdaysFrom 08:00AM to 12:00PM
From 01:00PM to 04:00PM
On weekendsFrom 08:00AM to 02:00PM
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