The journal of the Galliot Nieuwer Amstel: a 1660 Voyage to Curaçao from New Amsterdam (Manhattan)

Julie van den Hout, Jaap Jacobs, Jeroen Dewulf

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Abstract

In February 1660, supercargo Laurens de Sille sailed from New Amsterdam (Manhattan) to Curaçao aboard the galliot Nieuwer Amstel. Tasked with maintaining a record of the cargo, De Sille kept a journal of the four-month journey to Curaçao and back. While keeping a journal was common practice on Dutch ships, few survive from the seventeenth century. De Sille’s journal offers a unique insight into mid-seventeenth-century shipping activities at Curaçao, as his account captures day-to-day proceedings during a period for which there are only sparse extant sources on the island’s history. More importantly, De Sille’s chronicle of his two-month stay on the island depicts Curaçao as it emerged as a hub for the Dutch transatlantic slave trade.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-323
Number of pages33
JournalNew West Indian Guide / Nieuwe West-Indische Gids
Volume96
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2022

Keywords

  • Curacao
  • New Netherland
  • Shipping
  • Dutch West India Company
  • Slave trade

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