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Suriname - History



Suriname - History
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.92

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     challenging words:    newly-independent, raped, undisturbed, ruling, dictator, modern-day, better, chaos, brutal, shores, military, political, settlement, independence, campaign, economy
     content words:    Carib Indians, South America, Native Americans, Caribbean Islands, Caribbean Sea, Suriname River, North America, New Amsterdam, New York City, West Africa


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Suriname - History
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     Everyone makes mistakes, right? Everyone's life is full of mistakes, some really small, some really big. Have you ever made a really bad decision? Worse yet, have you ever made a bad decision that had really bad consequences? Do you remember how it felt? Now imagine how you would feel if you were known for making one of the worst decisions in modern history! Suriname was at the center of just such a decision.
 
2     For many years, Carib Indians were the only inhabitants of Suriname, a country on the northern coast of South America. The Carib Indians were a group of Native Americans who lived on Caribbean Islands and countries around the Caribbean Sea. They lived undisturbed for many years until European explorers found their way to the Americas, or the "New World" as the Europeans called it.
 
3     Fortunately for Suriname's Caribs, European explorers were more interested in other areas. Suriname's thick mangroves and muddy shores scared away European explorers, at least for a while. European explorers focused their efforts on Caribbean Islands, where they killed, raped, and enslaved most of the native populations.

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