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