Alkmaar, Suriname

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Alkmaar
Resort and town
Tropenmuseum Royal Tropical Institute
Tropenmuseum Royal Tropical Institute
Map showing resorts in Commewijne District
Map showing resorts in Commewijne District
Alkmaar is located in Suriname
Alkmaar
Alkmaar
Map showing resorts in Commewijne District
Coordinates: 5°51′N 55°2′W / 5.850°N 55.033°W / 5.850; -55.033Coordinates: 5°51′N 55°2′W / 5.850°N 55.033°W / 5.850; -55.033
Country  Suriname
District Commewijne District
Area
 • Total 81 km2 (31 sq mi)
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 5,561
 • Density 69/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zone AST (UTC-3)

Alkmaar is a resort in Suriname, located in the Commewijne District. Its population at the 2012 census was 5,561.[1]

Named after the city of Alkmaar in the Dutch province of North Holland, Alkmaar has regional significance as a government post and a medical centre. The Moravian Church (EMEA) is an important center of Christian consignment among the Hindus. The church was built in 1923, partly financed by fundraising from the Netherlands.

In the 18th century Alkmaar became a notable coffee producing location. Construction of the plantation was consigned to James Hengeveldt in 1745. After the completion of Fort at New Amsterdam in 1746, the land at the mouth of the Commewijne River was cleared to make way for the plantation which opened in 1747.[2] Charles Godeffroy then took over the plantation.

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