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The Dutch in the Atlantic slave trade, 1600-1815 [electronic resource] /
Johannes Menne Postma.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
description
xiv, 428 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521365856
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
isbn
0521365856
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8360356
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 412-419) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1990-11:
In the Atlantic slave trade, the Dutch ranked fourth among the European nations that engaged in this commercial enterprise. The Dutch slave trade was started by the West India Company in the 1620s when Dutch colonies in Brazil needed labor for their plantations. In the 1730s the slave trade was opened up to others, and much of Spanish South America and Dutch Surinam became important markets. The Dutch obtained most of their slaves from the area between Senegal and Angola and transported some 530,000 human beings across the Atlantic. Postma also discusses the treatment and the death rate of slaves on board the ships, the profitability of the trade, and the limited concern among Dutch citizens about the morality of slavery and the slave trade. This is an excellent and thorough contribution to the understanding of the Atlantic slave trade. It is based on a vast amount of Dutch archival and other sources and includes more than 100 pages of statistical data. No other work on this subject exists. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -G. D. Homan, Illinois State University
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Summaries
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Presenting a thorough analysis of the Dutch participation in the transatlantic slave trade, this book is based upon extensive research in Dutch archives. The book examines the whole range of Dutch involvement in the Atlantic slave trade from the beginning of the 1600s to the nineteenth century.
Main Description
Presenting a thorough analysis of the Dutch participation in the transatlantic slave trade, this book is based upon extensive research in Dutch archives. The book examines the whole range of Dutch involvement in the Atlantic slave trade from the beginning of the 1600s to the 19th century.
Table of Contents
List of tables, figures, and maps
Preface
Foundations of the slave traffic, 1600+61
Curatao and the asiento trade, 1650+1730
The Dutch on the West African coast
Trade and politics on the African coast
Volume of African exports and origins of slaves
Organization and mechanics of the trade
The triangular trade
The Dutch plantation colonies under WIC monopoly, 1618+1738
The era of the free trade, 1730+80
The slaves: their treatment and mortality
Finances, marketing, and profitability
The end of the Dutch slave trade, 1781+1815
Appendixes
Bibliography
Index
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