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The date is 29 June 1768; the place is the notary public in Paramaribo, Suriname.

The occasion is the birth of what would one day be a conglomerate spanning 19 companies, 5 industries and providing employment for over 600 people. It was on this day that Christoph Kersten bought the building that would house the tailoring service and manufacturing business that would become the first of many future commercial enterprises creating value under the C. Kersten en Co. N.V. flag.