From the Foreword by Dr. B.M. Leito:
Un pueblo na kaminda – a people on the move: an apt title for a study of the evolution of the population of the island of Curaçao from the coming of the first settlers from overseas to its present-day composition, with a look to the future. I consider this study by Dr. René Römer so important because it gives the reader an idea of the genesis of our remarkable, extremely mixed society. In my opinion, variety is perhaps the most typical feature of the society of Curaçao: this variety is expressed in the different shades of skin color, the other racial characteristics, religious confessions, the many languages spoken by groups and families and many other aspects of social life on the island.
René Antonio Römer (2 July 1929, Willemstad, Curaçao – 25 February 2003, Curaçao) was Governor of the Netherlands Antilles from 1983 to 1990. He was also a professor of sociology at the University of The Netherlands Antilles and at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.