Welcome to colorful, picturesque Curacao, the 'C' of the ABC Netherland Antilles, the three islands made up of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao and our chosen destination on this Dive Travel series. The island of Curacao was discovered in 1499 by Alonso de Ojeda, one of Columbus s lieutenants. The inhabitants were Indians of huge physical proportions therefore aptly called Isla de los Gigantes or islands of the Giants by the Spanish. However, within 20 years, the name Curacao appeared on a Portuguese map. The island remained Spanish until the Dutch conquered it in 1643.