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Previously known as Dutch Guiana, Suriname has been inhabited since 3000 years before Christ. The first inhabitants were Indians, chiefly from the Arawak tribe. They eeked out an existence as hunter gatherers, not staying long in one place.
The first Europeans arrived in 1650, and in 1667, Netherlands traded Suriname with the British, for what was the New Amsterdam, later to become New York!
Many African slaves were imported to help work the plantations, although many managed to escape the marsh treatment and fled to the jungles where they became known as Maroons (from the Spanish word Cibaron = runaway cattle).
For 17 years Suriname again came under British rule, until the defeat of Napoleon in 1816, when it was retrurned to the Netherlands.
After the abolision of slavery in 1863, plantation labourers were replaced by Hindustani workers from India, and later China and Indonesia, making Suriname the cultural melting pot it is today.
Racially and religiously tolerant, Suriname is a colourful multicultural blend of Dutch speaking people.
Suriname is reachable by car from Guyana and French Guiana only. No roads exist between Venezuela and Guyana or between Brazil and French Guiana. Over 85% of the country is rainforest and is home to seven species of monkeys, brightly colourful butterflies, noisy macaws and a variety of plants — many known for their medicinal purposes
- Pros:Clapperboard architecture of Paramaribo, rainforests of the interior
- Cons:Oppressive heat and humidity
- In a nutshell:A fascitaing little-known destination.
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