Downtown Willemstad, the capital (and only) city of Curaçao, is divided--quite literally, and quite conveniently for this post--in two by the Sint Annabaai (Bay of Saint Anna). It's more of a channel than a bay--part of the natural harbor that made Curaçao so valuable to Spanish and Portuguese and Dutch merchant ships (or pirates, depending on which side you're on) back in the days when transatlantic voyaging was a novelty.
Punda (point, in Papiamentu) is on the right--on the right hand, but also, being upwind (or ariba), on the right side of the tracks--or the water, in this case. Punda was where commerce flourished; first the slave trade (Curaçao was the first port of call for slave ships into the Americas), later the lesser tarnished (if not much more ethical) forms of capitalism.
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