Suriname History

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Although first sighted by Columbus in 1498, the first successful settlement was not established until 1651. In 1667, the Netherlands acquired Suriname from Great Britain in exchange for Dutch rights in what is now Manhattan, New York. During the 18th and 19th centuries, amid slave uprisings and political turmoil, sovereignty of the country was shuffled among France, England, and the Netherlands. The Netherlands regained control in 1815. Suriname gained independence in 1975.[1]

Emancipatie 1863

De database ‘Emancipatie 1863’ bevat gegevens over personen die in 1863 bij de afschaffing van de slavernij in Suriname werden vrijgelaten. Tevens treft u in de database informatie aan over de eigenaren van deze personen. De namen zijn afkomstig uit de emancipatieregisters van Paramaribo en van de overige districten in Suriname.



  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: West Indies,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1999.