Torarica

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Torarica
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Torarica
Coordinates: Coordinates: 5°31′47″N55°03′02″W / 5.5297°N 55.0506°W / 5.5297; -55.0506
CountryFlag of Suriname.svg  Suriname
District Para District
Resorts Oost
Time zone UTC-3 (AST)

Torarica is the original capital of Suriname. It was settled by Portuguese Jews in 1629. One origin offered for its name is as a Portuguese coinage meaning "Opulent Torah". [1] The Portuguese Jews arrived via Holland and Brazil. [2] By 1665, the village of Paramaribo was expanded and quickly outranked Torarica. [3]

The name Torarica is still in use by the Torarica Group. One of its hotels, the Torarica Resort, [4] as well as the village, and former sugar plantation La Simplicité are located near Torarica. [5]

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References

  1. Briggs, Philip (2015-02-01). Suriname. Bradt Travel Guides. ISBN   9781841629100.
  2. The Surprising Discovery of Suriname’s Jewish Community by Jacob Steinberg, 2008 Kulanu
  3. "Paramaribo Suriname 2". Suriname.nu (in Dutch). Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  4. "De mooiste hotels van Suriname". Torarica (in Dutch). Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  5. "Plantage La Simplicité". Suriname Plantages (in Dutch). Retrieved 29 May 2020.