'Al de swarten die hier ter stede comen'. Een Afro-Atlantische gemeenschap in zeventiende-eeuws Amsterdam


  • Mark Ponte Independent




African migration, Amsterdam, seventeenth cenury, sailors, women


This study shows that in the mid-seventeenth century there was an Afro-Atlantic maritime community in Amsterdam. It is possible to reconstruct this community on the basis of marriage information and baptismal registers combined with notarial records.
From around 1625 until 1665, Africans present in Amsterdam mainly married each other and, in important events such as marriage and baptism, also took African witnesses. The community consisted of black women present in Amsterdam, many of whom had probably entered the city as servants. They often married to black sailors, who were mostly employed by Dutch West-India Company (WIC) and Dutch East-India Company (VOC). In Amsterdam, this heterogeneous community settled in the east of the city, in the area around the Jodenbreestraat.


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Author Biography

Mark Ponte, Independent

Mark Ponte (1979) is historicus en houdt zich bezig met vroegmoderne migratie en slavernij in Amsterdam, Nederlands-Brazilië en Suriname. Hij werkt deeltijd bij het Stadsarchief Amsterdam onder meer aan het project Alle Amsterdamse Akten. Website: www.voetnoot.org
E-mail: mjponte@xs4all.nl




How to Cite

Ponte, M. (2019). ’Al de swarten die hier ter stede comen’. Een Afro-Atlantische gemeenschap in zeventiende-eeuws Amsterdam. TSEG - The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History, 15(4), 33–62. https://doi.org/10.18352/tseg.995



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