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

Celebrate Keti Koti in the Netherlands

On Keti Koti, meaning ‘broken chains,’ we commemorate those who lived in slavery and celebrate the abolition of slavery on July 1st, 1863. All throughout the Netherlands people come together to remember those who were enslaved and contemplate what living in freedom means to them. Below you find an overview of events and activities organized


Donderdag 8 maart: Drie Vrouwen door Ida Does

Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Drie Vrouwen, de nieuwe film van Ida Does wordt 8 maart, internationale vrouwendag, vertoond in Pakhuis De Zwijger. Mapping Slavery is mede-organisator.


Sporen van Slavernij Utrecht with Maarten van Rossem

Mapping Slavery’s Nancy Jouwe took history professor Maarten van Rossem on the ‘Sporen van Slavernij’ tour through Utrecht, highlighting slavery heritage. RTV Utrecht produced a video of their educational walk in Dutch, as part of their show “van Rossem Vertelt“. Together they walk past important slavery heritage in Utrecht, like Eduard van Akaboa’s former street,


Presenting Dutch New York Histories

Recording of the presentation of our newest publication ‘Dutch New York Histories’ at the Schomburg Center, New York, on August 6, 2017:  

What people say ...

Local history

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

Hubert Slings
Glad that now I “know”

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 painful past. Many thanks for a beautiful book. I am glad that now I “know.” Against all wisdom, I must acknowledge that knowing is better and safer than living in ignorance.

Paul Mbikayi Ambassador for refugees
A ‘new’ Amsterdam

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