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The Transformation And Downfall Of Plantation Culture In Suriname

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The garrison in Suriname was reinforced temporarily with a company of Marines, made up of five officers and 195 men prepared for any disorder after emancipation, which was to take effect on the first of July, 1863. The largest plantations in particular were able to adapt to the new circumstances, although the labor costs weighed heavily on the budget. Furthermore, the economy of Suriname offered the freedmen few viable alternatives to working on a plantation, according to Emmer. Be this as it may, the apparent peace and quiet after emancipation conceals the social transformations brought about by the abolition of slavery. This chapter demonstrates the importance of changing social practices in this transformation process. The abolition of slavery involved more than the transition from slave to free labor, it also implied the creation of a single social and cultural community.

Keywords: plantation culture; slavery; social transformations; suriname



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