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01 June 2010

Dutch Slavery and Slave Trade in the Indian Ocean in the Seventeenth Century

Markus Vink. 2003.
"The World's Oldest Trade": Dutch Slavery and Slave Trade in the Indian Ocean in the Seventeenth Century.
Journal of World History, June 2003, Vol. 14, No. 2

[...] This article discusses various aspects of Dutch slavery and slave trade in the Indian Ocean: the markets of supply and demand or geographic origins and destinations of slaves; the routes to slavery or the diverse means of recruitment of forced labor; the miscellaneous occupations performed by company and private slaves; the size of Dutch slavery and the volume of the accompanying annual slave trade; and the various forms of slave resistance and slave revolt. The findings presented here are tentative, illustrating broad contours in bold, sweeping strokes. Further research will be necessary to fill in the details and shed new light on the world's oldest trade in the Indian Ocean basin, but the protracted history of silence has finally ended. [...]

Markets of Supply: Origins of Slaves
Markets of Demand: Destinations of Slaves
Routes to Slavery
Slave Occupations
Size of Dutch Slavery and Volume of the Slave Trade
Slave Resistance and Slave Revolt

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