By Karwan Fatah-Black
In White Lies and Black Markets, Fatah-Black deals a brand new account of the colonization of Suriname one of many significant eu plantation colonies at the Guiana Coast within the interval among 1650-1800. whereas as a rule portrayed as an remoted tropical outpost, this learn areas the colony within the context of its connections to the remainder of the Atlantic global. those monetary and migratory hyperlinks guaranteed the colony s survival, but additionally created many incentives to circumvent the mercantilistically prone metropolitan professionals. by way of combining the to be had information on Dutch and North American transport with debts of significant political and financial advancements, the writer uncovers a hitherto hidden global of illicit dealings, and convincingly argues that those unlawful practices have been necessary to the advance and survival of the colony, and woven into the cloth of the colonial venture itself."
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In White Lies and Black Markets, Fatah-Black deals a brand new account of the colonization of Suriname one of many significant eu plantation colonies at the Guiana Coast within the interval among 1650-1800. whereas in most cases portrayed as an remoted tropical outpost, this learn locations the colony within the context of its connections to the remainder of the Atlantic global.
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Jan Marinus van der Linde, Surinaamse suikerheren en hun kerk: plantagekolonie en handelskerk ten tijde van Johannes Basseliers, predikant en planter in Suriname, 1667–1689 (H. Veenman, 1966). 33 See forthcoming dissertation by Suze Zijlstra. Origins Of Dutch And European Colonization In Suriname 27 Precarious Settlement While enslaved Africans would soon form the mainstay of Suriname’s population, for the colonial project European colonists were crucial. It was, however, hard to lure colonists from the Dutch Republic to the Guiana Coast.
19 The founding of the Suriname Company in 1683 restored the WIC’s confidence in the colony and investments grew. The directors of the WIC were motivated to pick up slave trading again, which in turn resulted in the growth of the number of plantations in Suriname. The founding of the Suriname Company also meant that the regional trade between Suriname and nearby colonies was made illegal, although it continued in a rather stable way. The colony’s defenses were strengthened, both inland and along the coast, and groups of migrants started to arrive from all over Europe.
Geographically he described the colony by working his way upstream from the Ocean. He wrote that there is a stone fortress called Paramaribo, as well as a village of about fifty to sixty houses. Higher up on a tributary of that same river there is a fortification, built during the reign of Governor Sommelsdyck. Further upstream on the same river we find Zandpunt [Sand Point, mentioned above], a village of Christians, which consists of maybe twenty to thirty houses and a church. Above this village one finds a village called Jewish Quarters, so 52 Idem.
White Lies and Black Markets: Evading Metropolitan Authority in Colonial Suriname, 1650-1800 by Karwan Fatah-Black