Transatlantic Trade and the Dutch
Suggested Teaching Instructions
The Dutch controlled the island of Curacao in the Caribbean and the North American colony of New Netherland in the mid-17th century. Both colonies were run by directors appointed by the Dutch West India Company. Ship owners would transport goods across the Atlantic Ocean in exchange for payment from the Company. Surviving Dutch records like the Curacao Papers provide a first-hand account of the inner workings of the economic system known as transatlantic trade.
Compelling Question: How did the system of transatlantic trade meet the basic needs of different Dutch colonial regions?