Sailing boats at Fontein

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Fontein 20150219 023 smallDuring a previous visit to the remnants of the former plantation house Fontein and the ruin of the magazina we noticed sketches of sailing boats on the inside wall of the magazine. This Thursday, February 19, 2015 we decided to go back to better inspect these drawings. After proper identification at the gate of the Villapark Fontein we got permission to enter the area. We parked our cars on a dirt road close to the entrance because the person at the gate had told us that the dirt road in the direction of the former plantation house was closed off. So we decided to walk to the area of the ruin of the plantation house. Soon it was clear the we could have taken the cars, because the road seemed to be open. But hiking is not really a problem for us and certainly not over a dirt road.

 First we visited a historical grave. We had the impression that the grave was further damaged since our last visit. I have no idea who is supposed to be buried here.

We continued via the dirt road till the area of the ruins. Uniek Curaçao has cleaned a path here so visiting the remnants of the former plantation house and surrounding houses is rather easy. But our focus was on the magazina so we didn't spend much time at the ruins. The magazina is an impressive building. Thick walls almost like a fortification. Sloping walls on the outside, a nice entrance. On the inner wall immediately left from the entrance the sketches of the sailing boats can be found. Carel had brought chalk in several colors to enhance the sketches by coloring the scratches that form the drawings. First he tried with white, but that did not have the desired effect. So instead he used red. Afterwards we took several pictures. The picture that I have included in the gallery is further enhanced in Photoshop to bring out the sailing ships.

Our next target was a well that is marked on the Werbata and Kadaster '93 map. We hoped to find indigo tanks in the neighborhood, because we are convinced that most of the plantations had indigo production in the past. Unfortunately we encountered a very dense vegetation of Palu di lele and Infrou (Prickly pear cactus). Fred and I took different paths to have a greater chance of finding the well in such dense vegetation. We found out that neither Kadaster nor Werbata was 'on the spot' but in the end the Werbata map was the better of the two. Fred found the well. It was a nice circular well, very deep but dry, with attached a long rectangular water tank for cattle.
We didn't have sufficient time to check the surrounding area for indigo tanks but I am convinced that in this area these tanks will not be found; we crossed the area quite extensively in search for the well before we found it.

That concluded our hike for this day. We walked back to the cars and went for a birthday lunch to Dokterstuin. François was the birthday boy this time.

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