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Historical Ties Among Suriname, The Netherlands Antilles, Aruba, and The Netherlands

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Allison Blakely (Author)
Format:
Journal Article
Publication Date:
Summer, 1998
Published:
Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN:
1080-6512
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Colonialism, Netherlands, Surinam
Notes:
History has produced a myriad of cultural overlays in the Caribbean and the adjacent region of South America, a legacy of centuries of intrusion by rival European empires and the consequent sporadic exchange between the European invaders of the various local territories and peoples they claimed to control. The result is a mixture of peoples, languages, religions, and all other aspects of human culture, reflected in enrichment of the respective European and African languages involved, as well as in creation of new hybrid languages. It is in this context that one can speak of "Caribbean" literature and art from Suriname and the Netherlands.