Suriname Kromanti Language – Jamaica – A Closer Look

There is some confusion regarding the Kromanti language. In this article I will attempt to bring a better understanding about Kromanti language.

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Jan Matzeliger – Son Of A Slave – Surinamese Inventor In America

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The story of Jan Ernst Matzeliger a very curious one as you will discover.

He was born as Jan Ernst Martzil, on the Plantation, Twijfelachtig, by the Cottica River in Suriname, in 1852.

His mother was a slave woman named Aletta and his father a white Surinamese engineer, named Ernst Carl Martzilger. Continue reading

Suriname Maroons Stringed Instruments From Africa, Banjo History, Bania, Agwado, Bolon

The story of the Banjo underscores for me the reason why I started this blog. It shows pretty clearly, in my opinion, how interconnected the culture and history of the African diaspora is in the New World.

Thanks to John Gabriel Stedman we have a good idea of what instruments the slaves in Suriname played. Stedman was a mercenary, hired to fight against the maroons in Suriname during the mid 18th century maroon wars.

Here is a drawing from Stedman of Instruments he encountered in Suriname in 1776:

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Suriname Slaves Origin, Ghana, Benin, Loango

Many Surinamese descendants of slaves often wonder where their ancestors came from. The short answer is mostly from Ghana, Benin and Loango, but also from many other parts of West Africa such as Gambia, Guinea, Senegal, Ivory Coast etc.

To delve deeper into this subject we have to briefly examine the history starting from the 17th century of the slave trade by both the English and the Dutch.
The first slaves which came to Suriname came to an English colony. English was the language of that day and as a matter of fact the same language which the slaves spoke then is still spoken today, Sranang Tongo. It is mostly an English derived language and not Dutch. Continue reading

Visiting A Maroon Village In Suriname – Vacation

If you feel inspired to make a trip to a maroon village in Suriname, which I highly recommend, there are some basic concepts you need to understand in order make your visit as memorable as possible.

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