Cottica Mountain

Cottica Mountain
Lebi Dotsi
KITLV A870 - Cottica-gebergte, gezien vanaf de Lawa in Marowijne, KITLV 93787.tiff
The Cottica Mountain in the distance (1903)
Highest point
Elevation744[1] m (2,441 ft)
Coordinates3°55′59″N 54°11′06″W / 3.9331°N 54.1850°W / 3.9331; -54.1850Coordinates: 3°55′59″N 54°11′06″W / 3.9331°N 54.1850°W / 3.9331; -54.1850
Cottica Mountain is located in French Guiana
Cottica Mountain
Cottica Mountain
Location in French Guiana
LocationPapaichton, French Guiana

Cottica Mountain (also Kotika Mountain. French: Montagne Cottica. Aluku: Lebi Dotsi[2]) is a 744 metres high mountain near the Lawa River in the commune of Papaichton in French Guiana, France.


Cottica Mountain is close to the Surinamese village of Cottica. In both cases, the name refers to the Aluku Maroons who initially settled along the Cottica River, and were later driven to the interior of French Guiana.[3] Cottica Mountain rises up from the Lawa River and dominates the area.[2]

The mountain was ignored by scientists until 2005 when two naturalists started investigating the area, and discovered a remarkable biodiversity.[2] The steep descend from the mountain to the river has resulted in a diverse number of plant species, and created wild streams descending through the rainforest.[4] In 2014, an area of 4,813 hectares (11,890 acres) was designated as ZNIEFF, an important natural environment.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Sommets Cottica" (PDF). DEAL de Guyane (in French). 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "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.
  3. ^ "Boni (ca. 1730 – 1793), leider van de slavenrevoltes in Suriname". Is Geschiedenis (in Dutch). 12 October 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Les abattis et la montagne Cottica, 1er site classé de Guyane". Escapade Carbet (in French). 31 March 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2021.

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