Suriname Creoles (people)

Suriname Creoles (people) are afro-descendant of Suriname, some with mix English and Dutch ancestry, who unlike the Maroons remain in the Colonial English and Dutch society. Most are Roman Catholics. They are the second largest group in Suriname. They are mainly situated in northern Suriname. They speak Dutch and Sranan Tongo, an English base creole.


During the colonial period, Suriname had a shortage of white women. Many Dutch planters took african slave women as mates, producing offsprings. The offsprings would be free, producing a significant free coloured population. They were considered second class legally to all whites in the society.

With the Dutch agricultural plantation economic crisis of the 1770s, many whites emmigrated from Suriname. The mixed freed coloured sons of Dutch planters, who were educated in Europe and the Netherlands soon occupied the upper escheleon of Suriname society, gaining much authority in the colonial administration. An informal color hierarchy developed in Suriname in the nineteenth century, the lighter the better.

Works Cited

Poddar,Prem , Patke, Rajeev Shridhar, and Jensen, Lars(2008). A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures: Continental Europe and Its Empires. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 382., ISBN 0748623949, 9780748623945