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Salt Pans


Landscape view of salt pans

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Historically, salt as a commodity was the root of war and struggles amid European factions. The eventual Dutch takeover of Bonaire, close to four centuries ago, served to underscore salt’s value. Salt production slowed with slavery abolition in 1863. It continued to be harvested fluctuating with market demand, tariffs and weather. In the 1960’s, a US company designed new solar salt works, revitalizing the industry. Today, Cargill Corporation is responsible for salt production and Bonaire’s thriving salt industry. Huge mounds of crystals can be seen on Bonaire’s south end. Nestled within Salt Company land is the Flamingo Reserve. Flamingos, protected by law, can be seen from the road. Entrance to the Reserve is prohibited to ensure their protection.