Suriname Jewish Records
The history of the Jewish Community of Suriname dates back to the 1600's. The first Jews arrived in the late 1630's from Holland and Italy. The largest group of new arrivals actually occurs in the 1650's. These Jews for the most part were the descendants of those driven out of Spain and Portugal during the Inquisition. They settled in Brazil where they built good lives on large plantations. As the Portuguese got more power in Brazil, they moved on, eventually they arrived Suriname.