Lanthùisnan di Kòrsou

Noris Kroon told us how she got her collection of miniature landhouses.

“I worked as a travel agent at Maduro Travel. It was a big company back then. Everyone who booked a KLM flight through Maduro Travel received one of these miniature Curaçaoan landhouses as a gift. They were filled with Blue Curaçao liquor. I would get one every so often. As employees we got a lot of discounts on KLM flights, we only paid 5 to 10% of normal ticket prices. We even received discounts on hotel bookings. I stopped working at Maduro Travel in 2002.”

The many landhouses on Curaçao were the main buildings of plantations. They were inhabited by the plantation owners. Already during slavery it was clear that the plantations did not yield enough to export the harvest. Curaçao’s soil and climate were unsuitable for large-scale cultivation of tropical crops. Even before the abolition of slavery, plantations were already in decline. Of the 160 country houses that Curacao once had, 70 remain. Some serve as restaurants. Others as homes or galleries.

“Some serve as restaurants.”