Fort Nieuw Amsterdam

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Fort Nieuw Amsterdam

From the same district of Commewijne, we head to the old fort Nieuw Amsterdam.
The fort is strategically situated at the point where the Commewijne river flows into the Suriname river
and from where they jointly flow into the ocean.

The fort was built in the 18th century to protect the plantations along the Commewijne river against pirates and other intruders. It consists of earthen walls and an inner court that is partly used as an open air museum. After a visit to the fort and the small village Nieuw Amsterdam,

The infrastructure are still intact like the following:
-powder houses of 1740 and 1778
-the former eighteenth century commander's residence,
-the sluice of 1781,
-the former barracks which erected in 1740 and improved in 1782
-the state prison until 1982
-a few eighteenth and nineteenth century guns

Currently, the main activities and life daily life earning for descendants of the contract laborers (Javanese-Indoneisch and Hindus-East Indians) are with local fishery, a fish nursery, cattle farm and some small plantations.

The community people are now being advised by the Surinamese government to keep distance from the stretch of riverside frontage due to ongoing project in further building breakwater facility due to natural uprising of water level from the streams.The road is continuously wearing away. At spring tide the brackish water penetrates the agricultural areas that
are thus damaged and have become unusable in some place.

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Fort Nieuw Amsterdam
Fort Nieuw Amsterdam
where to go now??
where to go now??
where Suriname and Commewijne rive…
where Suriname and Commewijne riv…
18th and 19th ccentury canons
18th and 19th ccentury canons
lighthouse from the background
lighthouse from the background
sluice of 1781
sluice of 1781
waiting for me to cross
waiting for me to cross
Kruithuis 1778(Gun powder station)
Kruithuis 1778(Gun powder station)
old fashion sugar making pan
old fashion sugar making pan
old carriages
old carriages
state prison until 1982
state prison until 1982
utility fiets
utility fiets
water carriage for fire
water carriage for fire
around the fort
around the fort
tip tip
tip tip
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photo by: JoeriNL
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