Whilst today Curaçao looks like a picturesque corner of paradise, it would be a mistake to imagine that it has always been so. In the seventeenth century the island was a centre for the Atlantic slave trade and hundreds of thousands of slaves were sold at the island's markets and shipped to other islands and to the South American mainland. Some of the slaves never left the island and worked in the plantations of Curaçao. This picture was taken inside the excellent Curaçao Museum. The description states "Bronze bell used at Plantation Santa Cruz to start and stop the working day".