Fort Zeelandia

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South America, Suriname

Fort Zeelandia is a fortress in Paramaribo, Suriname, that was built by British colonists (originally called Fort Willoughby) in 1651 around a small trading post, created by the Dutch. It was captured again by the Dutch and given its present name in 1667. During the government of D├ęsi Bouterse in the 1980s, it was the scene of the "December murders" of 1982 and was used to hold and torture political prisoners.