Indian site at Santa Crus

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Santa Kruz 20160414 032 smallThere is a small island in the saliña of Santa Krus. That was our target for today's hike. It is a real island, so it is surrounded by water. How deep is not known, but probably not too deep. So we came prepared with old shoes or special water shoes. But first we had to get to the island. We parked our cars in Hofi Mango with permission from the family Ooms. From there we walked through the beautiful hofi with Barba di Yonkuman trees, some Kapok trees and a lot of high mango trees. A rich nature because of a relatively humid underground.

After a while the trees changed into Manzaliña and large Mangrove trees. Unfortunately a lot of the mangrove trees were felled, probably illegally for the production of charcoal. Also several of the Manzaliña trees were toppled, in this case by natural causes. Probably because of relatively shallow roots in this humid underground.

After a while we reached the asphalt road towards the beach of Santa Krus. We followed this road in the direction of the island looking for the closest distance from wall to island. After we decided on the best place some of us changed into other shoes, we rolled up their trouser legs and crossed the water around the island. The depth appeared to be very shallow; the underground was slippery because of the mud. The water was only ankle deep and we had to cross just a few meters. So in the end it was not as difficult as we feared.

As soon as we reached the island we found a tool made from a Karko shell. Nearby we found several other shells and chert. So we determined that we had found an indian site. But that was just the beginning. When we crisscrossed the island it appeared that the the whole island was one large indian site. Several areas with a high density of shells, Karko, oyster and even Melongena melongena. Apparently a pre-ceramic site. At some places it looked like a pathway of shells so high was the density. A spectacular find. Especially because this site is not mentioned on the Curaçao Waardenkaart.

Our second target was a quarantaine building that should have been situated here somewhere. We looked at the most obvious location, a small hill overlooking the bay, but that area is currently in use for two houses. Nothing that reminds of a quarantaine building. Another option would be close by the fort. But that is something for another hike.

We went back to Hofi Mango, to our cars. On our way back we found a remnant of a dam that is not mentioned on the Werbata map.

After the hike we went to Dokterstuin to celebrate the birthday of Fred and Chris. Unfortunately Chris couldn't stay for a long time so we have to do it once again.