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

Hubert Slings