According to my research, Aruban citizens hold Dutch passports, which perhaps hints at the link between the Dutch Maduro lineage and the Aruban Maduro families. Certainly the Dutch Maduro line, descents of Jewish refugees from the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal, settled widely throughout the Caribbean.
Rather than crediting the old-time Maduro families or today’s semi-naked Arubans with bringing culture to the island, Roy points a grateful finger at the Standard Oil Company, who set up a refinery on Aruba in 1924, setting the tone for a booming economy and cultural development. Having grown up in California, it’s hard for me to equate an oil company with culture but I think we’ll take Roy’s word about this.
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