Fleur de Marie, a glance at the past. Archaeological heritage of a forgotten district
The Fleur de Marie project is a joint venture between the “Secretariaat Stadsvernieuwing” and “Unidat di Bario Korsou”, which was initiated to promote the socio-economic development of the town center.
Fleur de Marie is part of Scharloo Abou and is situated in the town center of Willemstad in Curaçao. The district is demarcated by A.M. Chumaceiro Boulevard, Bargestraat and Fort Nassauweg. The archeological field research was executed by the archaeologists and volunteers of the NAAM foundation. The archaeologists executed their investigation in order to gain more insight in the district of Fleur de Marie and its inhabitants in the past.
The information gained from the research shows that Fleur de Marie was used from its beginning as a residential district. Considering the presence of small amounts of pre-Columbian pottery, it is possible that the area was used even before the historical period. Intensive use of the district in the past two centuries has caused the soil to be very affected. Despite this, valuable information on Fleur de Marie has been recovered during the archaeological research.
The finds seem to indicate that the inhabitants belonged to the lower and middle classes. Perhaps the various workers and possibly also some slaves and liberated slaves lived here. Many foreign import materials have been found. This means that probably foreigners that came to this island established themselves here seeking refuge. There is not much known about this area in this period, which caused Fleur de Marie to play a very interesting and important role within the archaeological research in Curaçao.
Book for the general public and the (digital) standard report of the archaeological excavation will be available soon!