The Plantation Damasco is the official name of the plantation. But from the beginning, everyone called the plantation after the owner of the plantation, ocean skipper Jan Thielen, who owned the property since the late seventeenth century. Today, while the plantation is still called Damasco, if you ask around on the island, you won’t find too many people that know where that is. Salt & Indigo Jan Thiel was a Salt Plantation, ideally located between the Salt lakes and the Caracasbaai. Indigo was also cultivated on the estate. The Indigo leaves,known for the deep blue coloring, were cultivated in stone bins, which are still located on the Plantation.
Salt en indigo
Jan Thiel was a salt plantation, ideally located between the slat lakes and the caracasbaai. Indigo was also grown on the plantation, the leaves of this crop were soaked in stone trays, which still can be found on the estate, to create the famous deep blue pigment.
Blue Curaçao Oranges
After Jan Thielen, the estate passed into other hands ten times. Owners were noble men from Willemstad and they left the oversight of the plantation to an overseer. Mr. Casper Arturo Perret Gentil became the owner in 1915, and he added a large orchard with 300 orange trees. The skin of the fruits where used for French perfumes and our own Blue Curacao. The animal herds flourished at the same time, there were many goats, cows and donkeys grazing on the estate. Salt extraction has long been a source of income, just ending in 1980.
From Ruin to a Glory
After 1980, the estate ran into disrepair and buildings were damaged by neglect. Luckily the family Spigt took on the job of renovating the estate, in which they succeeded tremendously! Since 2016, the estate has been owned by the family Evers. They are so happy and blessed to experience this magical property, and they want to share that feeling with the rest of the world.