Former Bonaire Slave Quarters

Former Bonaire Slave Quarters

This small building only feet from the ocean was once home to slaves working in the salt pans of Bonaire. This is only one of many identical huts in which the door on the opposite side has a clearance of about 3 feet. Salt was a very valuable commodity in the 18th and 19th Centuries because it was the only way to preserve food for extended time. Trading reached its peak on Bonaire in the late 1830’s. Soon after slavery was abolished which contributed along with foriegn competition to the weakening of Bonaire. From that point on the huts were abandoned, sitting empty by the sea.

Photograph taken on June 20, 2011

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