- The Caquetio people lived along the shores of Lake Maracaibo and on the Dutch'ABC'islands of Aruba, Cura鏰o and Bonaire.
- Though Spain first claimed it in 1499, Holland's rule left lasting cultural influences on the indigenous population of Caquetio Indians and those who followed.
- Most of the population is descended from Caquetio Indians and Dutch and to a lesser extent of Africans, Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, and Sephardic Jewish ancestors.
- In addition to indigenous peoples known today, the population included historic groups such as the Kalina ( Caribs ), Auak? Caquetio, Mariche, and Timoto-Cuicas.
- Fragments of the earliest known Indian settlements date back to 1000 AD . As sea currents made canoe travel to other Caribbean islands difficult, Caquetio culture remained more closely associated with that of mainland South America.