2 A primary source administration of the WIC,.. slavery 106


Description: 21 points for discussion at a meeting of the directors of the WIC, several concerning the slave trade

Poincten van deliberatie op welke de Heeren Gecommitteerden uyt de resp[ectiev]e ... cameren van de generale geoctr[oyeerd]e West Indische Compagnie, door prosidiale camer beschreven sijn, ter vergaderinge van de Thienen, omme sig op den 4e ... July te laten vinden tot Amsterdam, ende dinsdagh daeraenvolgende sullende wesen den 5 dito, precise int besoigne te treeden.
Amsterdam, 10 June 1678. Folio (36.5 x 24 cm). Manuscript in Dutch, written on laid paper in dark brown ink. Sewn, with the final blank and its conjugate stub forming a wrapper.
€ 4,750
A manuscript in Dutch with 21 numbered articles laying out points to be discussed in an Amsterdam joint meeting of the ten directors of the five chambers of the WIC (Dutch West India Company). Some of the articles concern practical matters of finance, administration and bookkeeping, giving insight into the workings of the Company, while others explicitly concern the slave trade (11-13), smuggling (20), relations with other European states and companies (13-15, 18) and other topics. They explicitly mention Guinea, Surinam, Curaçao, the island of Gorée (near what is now Dakar, Senegal), Cape Corso in the Danish Gold Coast (now Cape Coast in Ghana) and other colonial possessions, as well as the colonial activities of Portugal, Denmark, England, Spain and France. Its reference to the storage of "sugar and negros" and the question whether they should also bring in "other wares", shows how casually the WIC regarded these human beings merely as products to be traded.
With the first page and the back of the final blank somewhat dirty and chipped around the edges, and the centre and the gutter fold of the final blank slightly damaged, but still in good condition. A primary source for the administration of the WIC with important information on the slave trade.
  • Number: 1010719
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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