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Sean Henry Lewis
Timeline depicting historical events of Suriname.
2 Nov 2017
Christopher Columbus sights the coast of Suriname.
Dutch establish settlements in Suriname.
First permanent European settlement, established by British at Paramaribo by Lord Francis Willoughby.
British bring their first plantation over to start harvesting sugar cane and coffee.
Slavery abolished from plantations.
Suriname given full autonomy from the Netherlands.
Ban of political parties was lifted.
97% vote to approve new civilian constitution.
African slaves begin guerrilla war for new constitutional order.
Suriname becomes independent. More than a third of the population emigrate to the Netherlands.
Indigenous tribes lives peacefully. Arawak is the largest tribe at this time. Indigenous people lived off the coast, savannas, and rainforests.
The current President is Dési Bouterse, former army officer and military dictator.
Coup led by Desi Bouterse succeeds.
Democracy is restored.
Bouterse resigns as army commander.
Since 1991, the president is elected democratically.
Suriname is now a republic led by liberal democracy.
1980 - 1988 All presidents are in name only and were army-installed puppets by Bouterse.
After coup, goverment becomes dictatorship with Bouterse as leader.
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