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    A bit of history

    by ATLC Written Aug 31, 2002

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    Favorite thing: At some point in the late 1800s, workers were needed and the Dutch struck up an accord with the British to bring people from India over to work on the sugar plantations in Suriname (Marienburg). But the Hindu proved to be too much trouble so the Dutch colonists decided to bring over people from Java (Indonesia). The first 94 Javanese set foot in Suriname in August 1890. They were housed and put to work on the Marienburg plantation (see travelogue Books). These people were not slaves but contract workers although there wasn't much difference really.

    Fondest memory: Visiting this plantation. Seeing the sugar cane transformed into raw sugar.

    And the huge wedding (Hindu) that I attended there.

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