Suriname: History

  1. 1593

    Spanish explorers visit the area and name it Suriname, after the country's earliest inhabitants, the Surinen.

  2. 1651

    The first permanent European settlement in Suriname is established by the British.

  3. 1667

    The British give their part of Suriname to the Netherlands in exchange for New Amsterdam, which is today known as New York City.

  4. 1682

    Coffee and sugar cane plantations are established and worked by African slaves until slavery is abolished in 1863.

  5. 1975

    Suriname becomes independent.

  6. 2004

    The Suriname Dollar replaces the Guilder as the nation's official currency.


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