Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles)



There are several people in history that are considered heroes in Curacao. These people are considered heroes, since they fought for our independence. Some of these people are :

  • Tula
  • Luis Brion


    The black Tula and the white Luis Brion have both, in their own ways, striven for justice for all people. There are more people that are recognnized as hereos, but I do not have information about them at this moment.

Tula

Tula Monument
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On August 17, Curacao commemorate the revolt of the slaves in 1795. This revolt was lead by an independence fighter called Tula. Tula was one of the slaves that was currently stationed in Curacao at that time. A monument was especially made to commemorate Tula. This monument is located on the south coast of Curacao between "Koredo" and "Holiday Beach Hotel".

The revolt started at Plantage Knip van Caspar Lodewijk van Uytrecht at Band'abou in Curacao on the morning of August 17, 1795. Tula was able to convince 40-50 slaves to join him in his fight. He was able to freed himself and these slaves and escaped from the camp and went to Lagun, where he was able to freed 22 more slaves.




Tula had a revolt partner. His name was Bastian Karpata. He and his other slave followers waited for Tula at a sugar farm called Sint Kruis. At this point, Jan en Miguel Boelbaai, gave the escape slaves rum mixed with powdered goat's horn to drink This drink was called "awi huramentu" which means sworn water.

Tula sent one of his follower, the French slave Louis Mercier back to Knip to freed the other slaves. Mercier first attacked Sint Kruis and took commandant Van Der Grijp and 10 of his mulats prisoner. Mercier also attacked Knip and was able to free more slaves and was able to get more weapons. After achieiving his goal, he went back to Tula by following all the damaged area Tula had left behind after his attached at other farms.

During this time, the director Johannes de Veer was notified of this happening and he ordered 67 men under the lead of Lieutenant R.G. Plegher to go to Boca San Michiel by boat from Willemstad, and from there, to go on foot to Portomari, where Tula and his followers was camping.When the Lieutenant arrived at the place, they attacked and lost the fight.

Johannes de Veer was notified of the result and decided to sent 60 well armed people under the lead of Captain Baron to defeat Tula. With this group, Priest Jacobus Schink went also. He spook with Tula and try to come to a better solution to the whole problem. He did not want to see a war. At this point, Tula was aware that the French slaves got there freedom, and that they also deserve to be freed and he did not accept any offer from them. What they wanted, was freedom. After Schink returned to Baron's camp, he told him the demands of Tula. After hearing this, Baron got more reinforcement and decided to attack. Baron gave an order to shoot any slave with a weapon. Between 10-20 slaves were killed and the rest escaped.

Tula did not gave up the war yet. The slaves where poisoning their enemies water and steal their food, until Tula and Karpata was captured and betrayed by a slave called Caspar Lodewijk. At this point, the war was over. After Tula was captured, he was publicly tortured to death. Despite its tragic end, the revolt of August 17 is remembered as the start of a long and wearisome road to the emancipation of the people.

 


Luis Brion

Luis Brion-1782-1821
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Luis Brion was born on July 6, 1782 at Santa Ana in Curacao. He was the second son of a wealthy business man who was originally from South Netherlands. To get a better education in business, he left to Amsterdam when he was very young. In 1800, Luis Brion went to the United States and became a seaman and business man. Around this time, there was a war going with the British where Curacao was victim of the whole situation. Luis Brion was always able to get through the barrier created by the British around Curacao, and brought necessary things to Curacao. The governor made him Captain of the National Guard in 1805 at Fort Beekenburg at Caracasbaai, where the British had invaded the island. Luis Brion fought back and was able to get rid of the British.

Luis Brion of Curacao is rightly honored in Venezuela as having been the right arm of the great Venezuelan hero, Simon Bolivar. He was a staunch supporter of the struggle for democracy and human rights, and placed both his wealth and his fleet at the disposal of

Latin-American revolutionary. Through the Latin American revolution he was able to support the emancipation movement on Curacao and the other Caribbean islands.

At the end of the war, Luis Brion was in great depth and he became very depressive. He return to Curacao tired, weak and disappointed in August 26, 1821. Months later, he past away on a family farm Rozentak.

 


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