Aspects of Dutch Colonization
Dutch colonization differed in two important ways from any other, whether Spanish, Portuguese, English, or French. While these nations were able to impose, in the West, their religion and their language upon their colonies, the Dutch could neither. Two centuries of Dutch Reformed Church presence failed to make the Dutch Caribbean islands Protestant, and if Surinam did so, other denominations were responsible. Likewise, Papiamento, rather than Dutch. is the popular idiom on the Curaçao islands, on the Leeward islands it is English, while in Surinam the official Dutch has a strong competitor in a lingua franca: Shranan.
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