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an island in the Netherlands Antilles, in the West Indies, off the NW coast of Venezuela. 69 sq. mi. (179 sq. km).
Contemporary Examples

In Aruba, Van der Sloot and Holloway were also caught on tape leaving a nightclub together without any sign of struggle.
Van der Sloot’s Downward Spiral Barbie Latza Nadeau June 3, 2010

Should he be convicted in Peru, however, he will have to serve his entire sentence there before he can go on trial in Aruba.
Friends Ditch Van der Sloot Barbie Latza Nadeau June 16, 2010

But it is unlikely that Van der Sloot will ever return to Aruba to face justice there–at least not in the near future.
Van der Sloot’s Lawyer Trouble Barbie Latza Nadeau, Dan Collyns June 13, 2010

Gardner and Giordano, who met on dating website Match.com, were on a five-day holiday in Aruba when Gardner disappeared August 2.
Aruba Murder Mystery Deepens Barbie Latza Nadeau August 16, 2011

Armed with a map drawn by alleged killer Joran van der Sloot, Dave Holloway is searching for his daughter’s remains in Aruba.
Will Natalee’s Father Find Her? Barbie Latza Nadeau June 27, 2010

Historical Examples

His position, meanwhile, was becoming unsafe, so he abandoned it and took possession of the little island of Aruba off the coast.
The United States and Latin America John Holladay Latan

Aruba lies in the southernmost part of the Caribbean, off the Venezuelan coast and west of Curaçao.
Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period Various

On the Venezuelan mainland, south of Aruba and southwest of Curaçao.
Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period Various

Miranda abandoned his conquests on the Spanish main, and sailed to Aruba.
The Every Day Book of History and Chronology Joel Munsell

Miranda, finding the place untenable, went over to Aruba, of which he took possession as a basis for further operations.
The West Indies and the Spanish Main [1899] James Rodway

an island in the Caribbean, off the NW coast of Venezuela, a dependency of the Netherlands with special status; part of the Netherlands Antilles until 1986. Chief town: Oranjestad. Pop: 109 153 (2013 est). Area: about 181 sq km (70 sq miles)


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