Cottica Lawa
Cottica viewed from the air
Cottica viewed from the air
Cottica Lawa is located in Suriname
Cottica Lawa
Cottica Lawa
Location in Suriname
Coordinates: 3°51′15″N 54°13′41″W / 3.85417°N 54.22806°W / 3.85417; -54.22806
Country Suriname
DistrictSipaliwini District

Cottica Lawa (often called Cottica) is a village in the district of Sipaliwini, Suriname. It is located in the east, along the Marowijne River and the border with French Guiana. The village has a school,[1] and a clinic.[2]


Captain Bayo (~1903)

During the 18th century, the Aluku people settled in Cottica.[3] Boni became a major leader and conducted raids against Dutch plantations. Resulting intermittent warfare with Dutch militia, military and mercenaries, between 1768 and 1793, resulted in many Aluku seeking refuge in Papaïchton and other villages on the French side of the Marowijne River.[4] On 25 May 1891, the Aluku people opted for French citizenship.[3]

The village of Cottica was resettled in 1902,[5] and is the only settlement in Suriname.[3] The village is not under the authority of the granman of the Aluku.[6] Captain Bayo, who was the chief at the time of the founding, asked permission from the Surinamese government to be officially installed. Op 21 April 1903, there was an official meeting with the Governor. Bayo insisted that his granman was Ochi of the Aluku and not granman Oseyse of the Ndyuka.[5] This resulted in a stalemate which lasted until 1938 when Captain Nasinengee was officially installed as village chief.[7]

The view from the village is dominated by the Cottica Mountain,[8] which rises to a height of 744 metres.[9]


  1. ^ "Structuur Analyse" (PDF). Planning Office Suriname (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Zorggebied". Medische (in Dutch). Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Parcours La Source". Parc-Amazonien-Guyane (in French). Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  4. ^ Groot 1970.
  5. ^ a b Scholtens 1994, p. 65.
  6. ^ Scholtens 1994, p. 11.
  7. ^ Scholtens 1994, p. 68.
  8. ^ "Abattis Cottica sur le Maroni, un site à la biodiversité et à l'histoire exceptionnelles". Une Saison en Guyane (in French). Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Sommets Cottica" (PDF). DEAL de Guyane (in French). 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2021.


  • Groot, Silvia, de (1970). "Rebellie der Zwarte Jagers. De nasleep van de Bonni-oorlogen 1788-1809". Digital Library of Dutch Literature. De Gids (in Dutch).{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Scholtens, Ben (1994). Bosneger and overheid in Suriname (Thesis) (in Dutch). Paramaribo: Radboud University Nijmegen. ISBN 9991410155.
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