An end to the history of silence? The Dutch trade in Asian slaves: Arakan and the Bay of Bengal, 1621-1665
This research is based on original VOC records housed at the National Dutch Archives in The Hague. Till now there has been a regrettable lack of solid data on the Dutch trade in slaves from around the Bay of Bengal, particularly Arakan. Wil O. Dijk’s research, based on original VOC records housed at the National Dutch Archives in The Hague serves as a first step towards opening a window onto what has been in effect a ‘protracted history of silence’ surrounding this sordid trade.
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