Kas di Shon
Plantation Houses on Curacao: Past and Present
- PUBLISHED: September 2018
- SUBJECT LISTING: Architecture, History
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 264 Pages, 7 x 9 in x 0in, 236 illus., 198 in color
- ISBN: 9789460224669
Driving through Curacao’s landscapes, the old plantation houses are visible from afar. The houses speak to us of a past long gone. A past in which plantations, homegrown food, cattle breeding, salt production, and slavery were a true daily reality. These houses have lost their original functions and the farming was never of much merit. Most of the houses have new owners who have turned them into offices, hotels, galleries, or private residences.
This book contains the stories of eighteen plantation houses, and special care has been taken to include those that allow visitors. Kas di Shon answers questions such as: Who used to live there? What was grown here and who provided the necessary labor? How did plantation houses get their names and why are almost all of them yellow? And what are they used for now?
Filled with old and new photographs, this book is a must-have for anyone who wants to take a closer look at Curacao’s plantation houses.