A Little Bit Of History on Bonaire

Constructed in the mid 1800’s, during slavery time, these small huts served as the sleeping quarters for slaves working in the salt ponds. Up to 6 slaves would sleep in a tiny hut at one time.  Salt was Bonaire’s most prominent export product and the slaves would collect the salt to be shipped off the island.

The slaves lived in Rincon on the weekends, trekking up to 7 hours from these huts to their families each Friday afternoon, and then back again each Sunday.

Slavery was abolished on Bonaire in 1863. It would be another 100 years before the salt industry was revitalized.

 

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