19 February 1674 - 25 November 1975
1954, an overseas territory) of the
Northern South America
Independent nation - Suriname
The signing of the Treaty of Westminster on 19th February
ended the third Anglo-Dutch War and officially transferred the British
colony of Willoughbyland to the Netherlands.
In 1954, Netherlands Guiana became self-governing,
25th November 1975 it gained full independence from the Netherlands as Suriname.
Note: the name Suriname has always been used in the
however this name was not widely used by English speakers until the
country's independence in 1975. Before this time the names
Netherlands Guiana and Dutch Guiana were used interchangeably.