Spanish explorers visit the area and name it Suriname, after the country's earliest inhabitants, the Surinen.
The first permanent European settlement in Suriname is established by the British.
The British give their part of Suriname to the Netherlands in exchange for New Amsterdam, which is today known as New York City.
Coffee and sugar cane plantations are established and worked by African slaves until slavery is abolished in 1863.
Suriname becomes independent.
The Suriname Dollar replaces the Guilder as the nation's official currency.