Vertellingen van een Surinaamschen vogel. Christina van Gogh. Amsterdam: P.M. Van der Made, 1864.

The Dutch were among the last countries in Europe to abolish slavery in 1863. One year later this children’s book is publised. Christina van Gogh was a Dutch teacher who speny many years in Suriname. She draws a rosier picture of  life is Suriname. Obviously she writes for a Dutch audience. She writes that the slave children would get cooked meals twice a day, at 11 and at six o’clock. In the morning they would get lika (sirup) and roasted bananas. They all looked fat and were happy and cheerful. Unfortunately,  in reality the circumstances under which the slave population of Suriname lived was full of hardship and poverty.