What do you know about Suriname?

The following is interesting information that's known about the South American country of Suriname:

It's thought that many distinct indigenous tribes inhabited the area of Suriname as far back as 3000 B.C. The largest tribes were Arawak speaking Tainos, a group of people believed to originate either in the Amazon Basin or in the Colombian Andes.

The area was discovered by English, French, and Spanish exporers in the 16th century.

In the 17th century plantation colonies were established there by the Dutch and the English. The Dutch gained control of the area in 1667. They thereby established the area as an overseas colony known as Dutch Guiana.

Suriname was granted a limited form of self-government under the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands [Statuut voor het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden] in 1954.

The Netherlands cooperated with its former colony in gaining independence. Suriname officially became independent on November 25, 1975.

Suriname is one of the top 10 producers of bauxite in the world. SURALCO, a subsidiary of the Aluminum Company of America, has been mining bauxite there since 1916.

Around 80 percent of Suriname is covered with a pristine tropical rainforest. Around 30 percent of the total land area of Suriname is protected by law as wildlife reserves.

Currently Suriname has two UNESCO World Heritage sites: one man made, the other natural. One is the Central Suriname Nature Reserve [CSNR] in west central Suriname. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000 in recognition of its 6178 square miles [16,000 square kilometers] of pristine tropical rainforest ecosystem. The second is the the historic inner city of the capital, Paramaribo. It was designated as a World Heritage site in 2002 in recognition of its original and characteristic Dutch colonial street plan and its distinctive blend of Dutch architecture with traditional local techniques and materials.

Over the centuries, Suriname has managed to preserve and respect much of its natural beauty.
The following is interesting information that's known about the South American country of Suriname:

It's thought that many distinct indigenous tribes inhabited the area of Suriname as far back as 3000 B.C. The largest tribes were Arawak speaking Tainos, a group of people believed to originate either in the Amazon Basin or in the Colombian Andes.

The area was discovered by English, French, and Spanish exporers in the 16th century.

In the 17th century plantation colonies were established there by the Dutch and the English. The Dutch gained control of the area in 1667. They thereby established the area as an overseas colony known as Dutch Guiana.

Suriname was granted a limited form of self-government under the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands [Statuut voor het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden] in 1954.

The Netherlands cooperated with its former colony in gaining independence. Suriname officially became independent on November 25, 1975.

Suriname is one of the top 10 producers of bauxite in the world. SURALCO, a subsidiary of the Aluminum Company of America, has been mining bauxite there since 1916.

Around 80 percent of Suriname is covered with a pristine tropical rainforest. Around 30 percent of the total land area of Suriname is protected by law as wildlife reserves.

Currently Suriname has two UNESCO World Heritage sites: one man made, the other natural. One is the Central Suriname Nature Reserve [CSNR] in west central Suriname. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000 in recognition of its 6178 square miles [16,000 square kilometers] of pristine tropical rainforest ecosystem. The second is the the historic inner city of the capital, Paramaribo. It was designated as a World Heritage site in 2002 in recognition of its original and characteristic Dutch colonial street plan and its distinctive blend of Dutch architecture with traditional local techniques and materials.

Over the centuries, Suriname has managed to preserve and respect much of its natural beauty.