Matthew Parker: Willoughbyland - England's Lost Colony

Willoughbyland: Pictures

Belle VueA ‘Carib’ family, as depicted by a Scotsman in Suriname in the eighteenth century. An earlier visitor warned that the Carib men could ‘loose ten or a dozen arrows in the time it takes to load a gun.’ >>

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Banana Transportation ^^ Indigenous Surinamese depicted in a book published during the period of Dutch rule. An English visitor in the 1660s commented that they were ‘frequent and excessive’ in ‘confused dancing.’

Banana Transportation^^ Sir Walter Ralegh, whose search for El Dorado in the jungles of the Wild Coast would inspire a generation of English adventurers.

Banana Transportation<< Aphra Behn, leading Restoration dramatist, who in 1663 arrived in Suriname as a Royalist spy. Her visit inspired her masterpiece, Oronooko, which graphically depicts the beauty of the colony’s wildlife, and the cruelty of its slave system.


The ruins of Jewish Savannah, once home to more than a quarter of the colony’s white population.

<<Fort Nassau, which would successfully guard the Dutch colony of Berbice from English attack.

<< A contemporary Dutch account of the fall of Fort Willoughby is very different to Byam’s defence at his court martial.










A map showing the extent of plantations during the Dutch period.>>

<< A rare surviving plantation house from the Dutch era.

Puki, Slee, a Maroon village on the upper Suriname river.>>

Dutch-era buildings in a street in the capital Paramaribo, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.>>

<< Fort Zeelandia today.

©Matthew Parker 2015