The Island Territory of Bonaire is one of five island territories (Eilandgebieden) of the Netherlands Antilles,
consisting of the main island of Bonaire and, nestled in its western crescent, the uninhabited islet of Klein Bonaire.
Together with Aruba and Curaçao it forms a group referred to as the ABC islands of the Leeward Antilles,
the southern island chain of the Lesser Antilles. The name Bonaire is thought to have originally come from the
Caiquetio word 'Bonay'. The early Spanish and Dutch modified its spelling to Bojnaj and also Bonaire,name means
As part of the Netherlands Antilles, Bonaire is also a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The structure of the
relationship between Bonaire, the Netherlands Antilles and the Kingdom is planned for change under proposed legislation.
The Netherlands Antilles is scheduled to be dissolved as a unified political entity on 10 October 2010, so that the
five constituent islands would attain new constitutional statuses: Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius will become
special municipalities of the Netherlands, while the islands of Curaçao and Sint Maarten will become independent states
within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
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