Paramaribo Suriname Culture
Suriname, on the north coast of South America, is one of three small countries that are usually forgotten by those who think of the different countries of the continent. Just over 500,000 people live in the country, which represents a wide range of cultures and comprises a total of about 1.5 million people.
The country has a highly diverse and dynamic culture, reflecting the influence of Asian, European and African cultures. It is not for nothing that Suriname is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America and the world.
The official language is Dutch, but many inhabitants also speak Sranan and Tongo, which are Creole native languages. The most spoken language in the country is Surinamese, a combination of English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and African languages, with a few exceptions. Dutch may be the official language of Suroname, but most Surinese speak English - Creole based on Dutch and Portuguese, and West African languages; many of which are also spoken by locals.
Although the earliest forms of Sranan have often been called derogatory over the years, I decided to call the language in this text "Srana" in the text, because I had called it that way over and over again for years.
Portuguese and English - inspired Creole, interspersed with the country's official Dutch, but Sranan has become the national language. Although it is the only language in Suriname that has indigenous roots and roots in the indigenous culture of the region, it is not the best, nor the most popular, and is often misunderstood. Phenomenal memory is an essential asset that forms the basis of the language's ability to form a strong link with local culture and its cultural heritage.
The Dutch gained control of Suriname and continued to bring new African slaves to Suriname, and migrants brought Hindi, Javanese, Hakka, and Chinese to Suriname, where local variants of Sarnami and Hindustani developed. By the end of the 19th century, most of the English and their African slaves had gone, but somehow an English-based language remained.
It was also a kind of community life; people of African descent were brought to Suriname as slaves, and it was a place where long days were worked and lived together harmoniously. Over time, a variety of other languages emerged, such as Hindi, Javanese, Hakka and Chinese, but there were also all kinds of communities in life.
The Maroons were Africans who fled forced labour and founded independent communities in the inland rainforest. They came from Africa, many of them fled from plantations, while others married with indigenous Indians, creating a Creole population. Maroones moved to Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, to work as a worker in bauxite enclaves.
The Dutch who colonized Suriname also had colonial outposts in Dutch East India, and some migrated there, with workers coming to Suriname on five-year contracts. British colony for 15 years (1652 - 1667) , Sur, was fortified by the British and remained under their rule until Abraham Crijnssen of Zeeland conquered the territory in the year 16 67. Dutch troops wrested Suriname from the British in 1667, it became a "British colony" and remains under British rule until today, although it remained "Dutch rule" until 1954. Dutch colonies brought Javanese workers to Suriname from 1890, many of whom are located around the capital, Paramaribo.
The area, now called Suriname, was settled in the mid-17th century by Dutch and English settlers who established a plantation economy in the coastal regions of Suriname, driven by enslaved African labor. The Indian Hindustani, also known as East Indians, came to Sur in 1873 as forced laborers on plantations and were interned and held as slaves. The British began to ship Africans from Barbados as slaves to Suriname to work on their plantations.
The policy of the Dutch colonial administration was characterised by assimilation. Dutch language, laws and culture were handed over to the French Guiana government and its colonial government. During the first phase of planning, little attempt was made to talk to the indigenous communities of Surinam and French Guiana about the future of their culture and language.
One of the most surprising things I took away from my trip to Suriname was the fact that everyone lives in harmony and harmony with each other, not only in Paramaribo, but throughout the country. There are few places in the world where such a wide variety of cultures share the same streets as Paramarsibo Sur in Surename. Suriname is made up of many different cultures, including India, Africa, Indonesia, China and the Netherlands. Of all the places I have ever visited in my life, there is no place where so many of these diverse cultural entities live in harmony as Paramaribos Suroname, and this is a testament to the diversity of cultures and languages that make up its people.