In the 1400s and 1500s, adventurers traveled throughout the Caribbean in search of wealth and treasures. According to legend, one of these treasure islands was named “Oro Ruba,” which means “red gold.” Now known as Aruba, a colorful history of gold prospectors has shaped the island’s history. On the northern coast, midway down the island, sits the abandoned gold mill that once processed ore from mines in the nearby hills during Aruba’s gold rush of the nineteenth century.
In 1824 gold was finally discovered on Aruba. Today, remnants of this history can still be experienced.