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Keti Koti – “Broken Shackles”

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Keti Koti, a Surinamese term, means “Broken Shackles”. It symbolizes the abolition of slavery on July 1, 1863 in the former colonies of Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles. . However, slaves in Suriname would not be fully free until 1873, after a mandatory 10 year transition period during which time they were required to work on the plantations.