Our Philosophy...

 

The developing of our Yatublu liquor is based on two philosophies;

1.  local traditions, cultural influences of the Bonaire citizens and the history of the Dutch Caribbean.

2. the continuation and maintenance of these traditions and cultural 'habits' by using, as much as possible, local resources.

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The beginning....

 

It all began with The Saltshop, our main business which started in 2006. Sea Salt is Bonaire's most authentic product and made for more than four centuries. Working with our sea salt is also connecting with the past. It is about learning what and how it all happened and investigating more and more the details of our history.

Some of these details were decisive for the development of our salt industry, and one of the most important was, and still is, our connection with the Netherlands. After the discovery of the Caribbean around 1500, several countries 'owned' Bonaire before the Dutch definitely took over Curacao in 1635, and in 1636 Bonaire. In case of Bonaire, the salt was the most important reason for this 'occupation'.

The salt production grew steadily and the salt was mainly shipped to surrounding islands for cultivating vegetables and especially fish. By the West Indian Company, export to the Netherlands began to increase rapidly. To make it the 'saltman' and the ships easier to anchor and loading salt, the Salt Company started, after 1816 with the construction of four Obelisks. These Obelisks, and the later built Slave Huts are still the only visible memories of that period and now our most famous landmarks!

It is precisely the Obelisks and their story, which in the end, are the beginning of the 'Yatublu' liquor.....

 

More Information about the Saltshop...

As said before, it all started with The Saltshop which you can find in the Kaya Grandi 9 on Bonaire. You are more than welcome visiting the shop from Monday till Saturday 08.00 AM-18.00 PM however, visiting the website from here, is faster and easier!