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Marowijne is a district of Suriname, located on the north-east coast. Marowijne's capital city is Albina, with other towns including Moengo and Wanhatti. The district borders the Atlantic Ocean to the north, French Guiana to the east, the Surinamese district of Sipaliwini to the south, and the Surinamese districts of Commewijne and Para to the west.

Marowijne
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Map of Suriname showing Marowijne district
Map of Suriname showing Marowijne district
Coordinates: 5°46′N 56°19′W / 5.767°N 56.317°W / 5.767; -56.317
CountrySuriname
CapitalAlbina
Area
 • Total4,627 km2 (1,786 sq mi)
Population
(2012 census)
 • Total18,294
 • Density4.0/km2 (10/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-3 (ART)

Marowijne's population is 20,250 and the district has an area of 4,627 km².

During the early 20th century, bauxite was discovered in Marowijne district, leading to a boom in mining that significantly enriched the entire country. The district also has a large tourism industry and is the location of oceanfront resorts.

Marowijne is also home to many Maroon palenques. The Maroons are descendants of slaves who escaped from their Dutch masters centuries ago, particularly slaves who escaped from Suriname's huge plantations during the 18th century. They established autonomy for their interior settlements by a 1785 peace treaty with the Netherlands, which was unable to conquer them.

ResortsEdit

 
Resorts of Marowijne

Marowijne is divided into six resorts (ressorten):

Coordinates: 5°46′14″N 54°19′29″W / 5.77056°N 54.32472°W / 5.77056; -54.32472