By R. A. J. van Lier (auth.)
The Dutch model of Frontier Society (Samenleving in een Grens gebied) first seemed in 1949. A moment Dutch version of this paintings has been released in 1971, within the textual content of which a couple of minor increase ments were made and some passages additional right here and there, although most often the paintings has remained unchanged. The English translation offered here's of the Dutch textual content for the second one influence. it's greater than two decades because the publication used to be first released. there were no courses considering that have precipitated me to introduce significant corrections or additions to the unique paintings, and even though additional examine within the Public checklist workplace within the Hague has introduced extra fabric to mild, this didn't supply reason for changing the image provided or the examples given both. this is often due within the first position to the nature of the paintings, being an try at featuring a structural and old research of the advance of an exploitation colony in response to slavery into the kind of society present in many components of the realm outdoors Europe within the interval previous decolonization. however it is perhaps additionally a outcome of the paucity of ancient courses a few state on which there's the sort of wealth of fabric available.
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As a result of this the development of Surinam was altogether different from that of the Latin American colonies. Surinam has never had a large group of permanent European settlers, except for the Jews, since the last quarter of the eighteenth century. Before 1775, much more than after that, Surinam possessed the character of an overseas settlement in the true sense of the word. In the year 1775 an economic crisis arose which totally changed the structure of the country. Between the years 1751 and 1773 Amsterdam business houses displayed a great deal of activity in Surinam.
As far as we know a census was taken only twice in the period preceding 1940: one in 1811 during the British interregnum, the other in 1921. 37 Nonetheless, the statistics taken over a series of years do give some impression of the development which has taken place. And it is not altogether impossible to draw a few important conclusions even on the basis of rough estimates. The population of Paramaribo in 1787, the first year for which a fairly reliable estimate is available, totalled 9650. 38 Hence, assuming that the total population was approx.
There was a large amount of capital available in the mother country, and people were eager to invest in Surinam. The planters in that country were only too willing to offers for loans, while there were also many people who were interested in becoming estate owners by raising loans. But these loans were squandered on luxuries and journeys to the country of birth instead of being spent judiciously. Between 1765 and 1772 large sums of money were also invested in coffee estates, but these failed to give the expected returns, possibly because of an incorrect method of planting, and fell into a state of neglect.