Country Fast Facts: Aruba

































Aruba



























(CBS)

Discovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was acquired by the Dutch in 1636.



The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries.



A 19th century gold rush was followed by prosperity brought on by the opening in 1924 of an oil refinery.



The last decades of the 20th century saw a boom in the tourism industry.



Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and became a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.



Movement toward full independence was halted at Aruba's request in 1990.



Source: CIA World Fact Book