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Fort Zeelandiaweg

Fort Zeelandiaweg is a fortification located on the banks of the Suriname River in the city of Paramaribo. The first fortification made of trees was erected on this site by the French in 1640, then a decade later the British strengthened the fortification and named it Fort Willoughby. Duch conquered it in 1667 and called it Fort Zeelandia. In the 20th century, Fort Zeelandia was used as a prison for political prisoners, and in 1982, the murder of 15 young Surinamese who criticized the military dictatorship that ruled the then Suriname took place here. Today, the Stichting Surinaams Museum is located in the star-shaped fortress, whose exhibits show objects related to the colonial period and the history of the country.

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