Moises Frumencio da Costa Gomez

Moises Frumencio da Costa Gomez (27 October 1907 – 22 November 1966) was the president of the first Governing Council of the Netherlands Antilles and the first Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles.[1][2][3]

Moises da Costa Gomez
Da Costa Gomez in 1960
1st Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles
In office
18 April 1951 – 15 December 1954 (1951-04-18 – 1954-12-15)
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byEfraïn Jonckheer
Personal details
Born(1907-10-27)27 October 1907
Otrobanda, Curaçao, Curaçao and Dependencies
Died22 November 1966(1966-11-22) (aged 59)
Willemstad, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
Political partyNational People's Party
SpouseLucina da Costa Gomez



Da Costa Gomez was born on 27 October 1907 in Curaçao. At the age of 15, he was given a scholarship to the Netherlands. In 1932, he graduated his law studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen. In 1935, he received his doctorate at the University of Amsterdam.[4]: 194 

Da Costa Gomez was like John Horris Sprockel a member of the Roman Catholic Party. He founded the National People's Party in the 1940s.[5] Da Costa Gomez was president of the first Governing Council (Regeringsraad) at the head of a coalition government with the Aruban People's Party (AVP) from 1951 to 1954,[4]: 196  and is often referred to as the first Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles.[6][7]

His party negotiated full autonomy at the 1954 Roundtable Conference, involving the Netherlands and Suriname.[8] Following the 1954 elections, the Democratic Party took over governing the Netherlands Antilles.[5] Da Costa Gomez remained the leader of the National People's Party; he was succeeded in leadership by Juan Evertsz after his death in 1966.[5]

Da Costa Gomez's doctoral thesis called for self-government and universal suffrage and inspired his followers as well as the Roman Catholic Party.[8] Reforms led by Gomez led to legalization of tambú music parties in 1952.[9] In 1973 a statue of the statesman was unveiled in the center of the Curaçao capital Willemstad.[2]

He is buried in a monument at the Morada Santa in Bottelier.[10]


  1. ^ "Amigoe di Curacao : weekblad voor de Curacaosche eilanden". (in Dutch). 22 November 1966. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b Caribbean monthly bulletin: Volumes 7-9, 1973
  3. ^ "Staatkundige geschiedenis periode 1". Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b Gert Oostindie; Emy Maduro (1986). "In het land der overheerser II" (PDF). Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (in Dutch). 100. Dordrecht: Foris Publications.
  5. ^ a b c Anderson, William A; Russell R Dynes (1975). Social movements, violence, and change: The May Movement in Curaçao. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press. pp. 50–52. ISBN 0-8142-0240-3.
  6. ^ "Lezing over Mr. Dr. Moises Frumencio Da Costa Gomez". Werkgroep Caraibische Letteren (in Dutch). Retrieved 23 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Vandaag 55 jaar geleden overleed Doktor". (in Dutch). 22 November 2021. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
  8. ^ a b Modern political culture in the Caribbean by Holger Henke, Fred Reńo, page 386
  9. ^ The 'air of liberty': narratives of the South Atlantic past by Ineke Phaf-Rheinberger, page 124
  10. ^ "Morada Santa - Bottelier". Curacao Cemetery. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
Political offices
Preceded by
Office established
Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles
Succeeded by