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Slaves in New Amsterdam

This video from Dutch New York traces the history of enslaved Africans brought to the New Netherland colony by the Dutch West India Company, a major slave trading corporation. Although slaves were dispersed throughout the colony, most lived in New Amsterdam and did a variety of jobs associated with the commercial activity of the seaport. Described as a bi-racial society by some historians, narratives of New Amsterdam do not generally recognize the crucial contributions of Africans in the development of the colony.

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