Many of Willemstad's visitors appreciate its vibrant atmosphere, especially in the area surrounding Plasa Brion. With magnificent views of the Emmabrug bridge and the colourful houses of the Handelskade, we often wonder how many people really know the story behind the statue after which the square is named. Pedro Luis Brion, born in Curacao in 1782, studied in Holland and fought several times against the British in Europe and in Caribbean waters. Owing to his studies of nautical sciences and maritime trade in the USA, it's widely believed that his battle tactics were superior to those of the British and Spanish fleets. Brion was also involved in Venezuela's struggle for independence and will be remembered as a great supporter of human rights and democracy. Although he died of tuberculosis in 1821 in his beloved district of Scharloo, his body is interred at the National Pantheon in Venezuela.