oa Kronos : Journal of Cape History - Slawerny in die V.O.C.- gebied

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-0190



The Cape of Good Hope was but a small part of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) territory where chattel slavery was institutionalised during the seventeenth century. In view of the need locally to understand early slavery at the Cape in its broader universal context, this article focuses largely on Dutch slavery in the greater VOC empire during that time. The most important issues discussed here include the empire's need for unfree labour, the overall nature of slavery in VOC territories, and the reasons for the shift of the slave trade from the Far East to particularly Africa.

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