from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Formerly Dutch West IndiesNetherlands Antilles An autonomous territory of the Netherlands consisting of several islands in the Caribbean Sea, including Curaçao and Bonaire off the coast of Venezuela and Saba, St. Eustatius, and the southern portion of St. Martin in the northern Windward Islands. Willemstad, on Curaçao, is the capital. Population: 224,000.
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- proper n. A former autonomous country in the Caribbean, within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, composed of the islands of Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Saba and Sint Maarten, dissolved in 2010.
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- n. a group of islands in the Lesser Antilles just to the north of Venezuela that are administered by The Netherlands
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Nevertheless, an April 2009 report by the OECD labels the Netherlands Antilles in the section of "jurisdictions that have committed to the internationally agreed tax standard, but have not yet substantially implemented it."
This island within the Netherlands Antilles will be the first in the Caribbean to run on 100\% sustainable energy.
Finance subsidiaries were organized in the Netherlands Antilles because the Dutch treaty exempted them from withholding on interest payments.
Seated next to a journalist on an inaugural flight of a regional Caribbean airline company from Colombia, Medellin to Curacao, the Netherlands Antilles -- only to be called such a short while longer -- one starts talking shop.
He explains, in a rather detailed fashion, that Dutch defense is taking into account that the Netherlands Antilles, and therefore the Netherlands, could very well be on the verge of war with the South American country, Venezuela, only because Hugo Chavez, its extreme leftist president, has a bit of a crush on Curacao.
A few days ago "The Colombian government ... announced it is building a new military base on its border with Venezuela and has activated six new airborne battalions"  and shortly afterward Dutch member of parliament Harry van Bommel "claimed that US spy planes are using an airbase on the Netherlands Antilles island of Curaçao"  off the Venezuelan coast.
That first day went by much too quickly and when I was only 10 I left my native country to join my parents in the Netherlands Antilles.
In August, 10 contestants chosen through a Web competition will scramble around the Netherlands Antilles island of Curaçao on a treasure hunt for half a million dollars — a tiny fraction of the tourist dollars the island hopes the move will generate.
Netherlands Antilles 227,049 (part of the Netherlands)
Protected area highlights for the Netherlands Antilles (January 31, 2008):