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

  • The British give their part of Suriname to the Netherlands for present day New York City.

  • The Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) begins mining an ore of aluminum, bauzite, which eventually turns into Suriname's main export.

  • Suriname is given full autonomy, however, the Netherlands retain control of its defense and foreign affairs.

  • Suriname becomes independent from the Netherlands. A third of the population subsequently emigrates o the Netherlands. 

  • The Netherlands and the United States both cut off economic aid due to an armed forces seize of power.

  • The Suriname Dollar replaces the Guilder in an attempt to restore confidence in its economy.


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