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Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo, Suriname

Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo, Suriname

This cool postcard comes from Cherryl in Suriname. Fort Zeelandia is located in the oldest part of Suriname’s capital, Paramaribo. The fort was originally called “Fort Willoughby” by its builders, the British, in 1651. It was built around a small Dutch trading post that existed there at the time. In 1667 the Dutch and the British made a small swap. The Dutch gave the British Nieuw-Amsterdam (New York) and the British gave them Suriname and at that point, the fort was named Fort Zeelandia. I bet the Dutch of the time would kick themselves if they could see New York today. Fort Zeelandia is also the site where former Surinamese dictator, Dési Bouterse, was responsible for what was termed “The December Murders” in 1982. It really does look like a wonderful piece of history! Thank you Cherryl!


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