The Dutch in the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1600-1815 by Johannes Postma

By Johannes Postma

Featuring an intensive research of the Dutch participation within the transatlantic slave alternate, this booklet is predicated upon broad study in Dutch information. The publication examines the total variety of Dutch involvement within the Atlantic slave alternate from the start of the 1600s to the 19th century.

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831, pp. 374, 431, and 446-8. A group of merchants from Cadiz, Spain, proposed a contract with the WIC which would allow them to fetch 880 slaves from the Cape Verde region (Senegambia) for shipment to the Spanish colonies: See WIC, vol. 746, cor. 9/12/1678. Curagao and the asiento trade 41 contract. 38 From Barroso to the Coymans asiento In the fall of 1678 the Spanish crown had granted a new asiento to two Seville merchants, Juan Barroso de Pozo and his son-in-law Nicolas Porcia. They soon started negotiating with the WIC, the most reliable suppliers of slaves.

In 1657 a contract was signed in Amsterdam providing for the delivery of 500 to 600 slaves at Curasao. 5 It is not known if the above mentioned contract was carried out, but its occurrence may well have stimulated the WIC to value seriously Curasao's potential. The WIC director of the island, Matthias Beck, also reported in 1657 that a Spanish merchant visited him and wanted to establish commercial links with Curasao on a regular basis. Two years later Beck reported to his superior in New Netherland, Peter Stuyvesant, that the trade with "our nearest neighbors" (the Spanish) was beginning to look very promising.

13 Illicit trade with the Spanish Main Due to the ineffective license system, the Spanish colonists were acquiring most of their slaves illegally, through smuggling. From their Curasao base, 12. 13. Curtin, pp. 21-5, 35 and 40; Rout, pp. 62-6. Scelle, pp. 626-9; Rout, p. 44. 32 T h e Dutch in the Atlantic Slave Trade the Dutch became actively involved in this illicit trade, even though they were still at war with Spain. After peace was made between these two powers in 1648, the Dutch became even more active in the smuggle trade with the Spanish Main, and it seems to have been "considered legitimate from its necessity" by the Spanish colonial authorities.

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