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Chronological Reasoning and Causation

Transatlantic Trade and the Dutch

  1. Load Manifest of Goods Aboard the Nieuw Amstel, May 16, 1659 in Main Image Viewer
  2. Load Memorandum of Necessities and Essentials for the Island of Curacao and the Company, August 23, 1659 in Main Image Viewer
  3. Load Debit and Credit Account with Captain John Allen of New England. February 21, 1661 in Main Image Viewer
  4. Load Debit and Credit Account with Captain John Allen of New England. February 21, 1661 in Main Image Viewer
  5. Load Debit and Credit Account with Captain John Allen of New England. February 21, 1661 in Main Image Viewer
  6. Load Daily Register of Provisions from the Ship Den Bloesemcoming Out of New England, March 4, 1660 in Main Image Viewer
  7. Load Manifest of Animals and Provisions Shipped from Curacao to New Netherland, May 8, 1660 in Main Image Viewer
  8. Load Manifest of Animals and Provisions Shipped from Curacao to New Netherland, May 8, 1660 in Main Image Viewer
  9. Load Manifest of Cloth Loaded at Curacao for New Netherland, July 20, 1661 in Main Image Viewer
  10. Load Bill of Lading for 20 Slaves Shipped from Curacao to New Netherland on the Eyckenboom, May 8, 1660 in Main Image Viewer
  11. Load Bill of Lading for Five Slaves Loaded at Curacao for New Netherland, August 24, 1659 in Main Image Viewer
  12. Load Manifest of the Goods Aboard the Galiot Nieuwer Amstel, June 16, 1659 in Main Image Viewer
  13. Load Manifest of the Goods Aboard the Galiot Nieuwer Amstel, June 16, 1659 in Main Image Viewer
  14. Load Manifest of the Goods Aboard the Galiot Nieuwer Amstel, June 16, 1659 in Main Image Viewer

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?