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French influence, while present at various times, was never strong enough to make the assumption that the name means 'good air'.Bonaire's earliest known inhabitants were the Caquetio, a branch of the Arawak who came by canoe from Venezuela in about 1000 AD.The Caquetios were apparently a very tall people, for the Spanish name for the ABC Islands was 'las Islas de los Gigantes In 1499, Alonso de Ojeda arrived in Curaçao and a neighbouring island that was almost certainly Bonaire.Ojeda was accompanied by Amerigo Vespucci and Juan de la Cosa.) is an island in the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean Sea.Together with Aruba and Curaçao, it forms the group known as the ABC islands, less than one hundred miles off the north coast of South America near the western part of Venezuela.
He brought back some of the original Caquetio Indian inhabitants to Bonaire and Curaçao.Bonaire is a popular destination for scuba diving, and provides easy access from shore to its fringing reefs. The island had a permanent population of 18,905 as of 1 January 2015, and an area of 294 km, a name that meant 'low country'.The early Spanish and Dutch modified its spelling to Bojnaj and also Bonaire.Unlike much of the Caribbean region, the ABCs lie outside Hurricane Alley.The islands have an arid climate, which helps tourism, as visitors to the islands can reliably expect warm, sunny weather.
The Dutch also abandoned some Spanish and Portuguese prisoners there, and these people founded the town of Antriol which is a contraction of Spanish al interior (English: inside). While Curaçao emerged as a center of the slave trade, Bonaire became a plantation of the Dutch West India Company.