Mapping Slavery

With the aid of interactive maps and other images the Dutch slavery past is mapped out.

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Image Archive

In the Image Archive you can find unique and interesting images relating to the Dutch slavery past.

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Several towns offer citytours in which local history is linked to slavery and colonialism

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Mapping Slavery NL is linked to a growing network of partners both in the Netherlands and abroad

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Mapping Slavery

The history of Dutch cities like Amsterdam, Middelburg, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Utrecht, and countless other places is directly linked to the history of the former Dutch colonies. Those links are part and parcel of the history of the present inhabitants: black, white, brown and everybody in between. Mapping Slavery makes this heritage accessible.

Slavery Past

Its slavery past is inseparably linked to Dutch and European history. The VOC and WIC were global trade organizations focusing on enslaved Africans and Asians, as well as the products they helped manufacture: sugar, coffee, tobacco, and coton. Mapping Slavery shows the traces that can still be found on both sides of the colonial empire.

Project Description

Mapping Slavery gives a broader audience access to traces of the Dutch slavery heritage. The project lends the slavery heritage more immediacy by collating data pertaining to the slavery heritage and translating it to  digital maps and walking tours. We furthermore wish to make this basic information available for educational purposes.

Mapping Slavery NL portrays historical places relating to slavery on the map of the Dutch colonial empire
the Dutch slavery past in images

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There is a saying where I come from that states "ignorance is sometimes safer than knowledge!" In the problematic relation between the South and the North, between black and white, between the differences, history can drive us apart when we do not knowingly invest in the next step, reconciliation. Look at South Africa ... I have taken time to familiarize myself with the Amsterdam Slavery Heritage Guide. To a Congolese 'made' citizen of Amsterdam I had to answer some questions for myself before I could look anew at all the evidence of a painfull past. Many thanks for a beautifull book. I am glad that now "know." Against all wisdom I must acknowledge that knowing is better and saver than living in ignorance.

Paul Mbikayi Ambassador for refugees

Ever since I read The Amsterdam Heritage Guide I look at the city with completely different eyes. Strangely enough, the city becomes not only more exciting but also more demanding to explore. “New tourism” should not be a voyeuristic journey anymore. It should be a journey to deepen our understanding of our humanity, without any denial of its dark sides such as slavery. This book is a marvelous guide.

Ayu Utami author, Jakarta

The Slavery Heritage Guide opens a new Amsterdam before our eyes. It is an Amsterdam both fascinating and troubling, as the Guide shows us the locations from which the Dutch slave trade and plantation economy in Batavia, Suriname, and beyond were engineered; the products and profits they yielded; and the traces of the Black presence in Amsterdam itself. As a historian, I am grateful to the Slavery Guide for showing us how the city itself yields sources as precious as those in libraries and archives. Bravo to the authors for this new pathway to the past!

Natalie Zemon Davis historian

Mapping Slavery helps students perceive their slavery past/heritage by departing from local history, while keeping track of transnational links.

Hubert Slings