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Visiting French Guiana and Suriname

The scars of colonialism are still evident across South America where Spanish and Portuguese influences remain dominant.

Tucked away in one corner though, visitors may be surprised to encounter the French and Dutch languages rubbing shoulders.

Michelle Jana Chan heads for Suriname and French Guiana, and discovers how the continent would have sounded had northern Europeans arrived before their Iberian cousins.

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