The project investigates two important claims made about the gains of the Dutch economy from slave-based production and commerce in the Atlantic region:
- First, that the Atlantic slave-based commerce played an important role in keeping the Dutch economy afloat in the 18th century.
- Second, that 18th-century Dutch involvement in the Atlantic economy had important long-term effects on the Dutch economic performance in the field of finance, insurance and maritime logistics.
The project therefore examines the direct and indirect, the immediate and long-term economic impact of 18th-century slave-based activities on the Dutch economy. As regards the immediate effects, the project concentrates on estimating the contribution of value added by the slavery-related Atlantic commerce, industry and finance to the Dutch economy in the 18th century. It approaches this contribution on three different levels:
- Project 1 will examine the economic spin-off from the involvement in the slave trade and plantations.
- Project 2 will focus on the involvement in slave-produced commodity trade and processing.
- Project 3, ‘Finance, Insurance and Maritime Logistic’ (by Pepijn Brandon) is devoted to the Dutch role in shipping, finance and insurance related to the Atlantic slave-based economy.
In addition, project 3 and the synthesis will address the possible long-term benefits of 18th-century Dutch involvement in the expanding Atlantic economy, and therefore go beyond the 18th century.
Funded by: NWO (2013 –2018)
Budget: EUR 750,000
Dr. Pepijn Brandon, postdoc at VU Amsterdam
Prof. Dr. Karel Davids (CLUE+)
Prof. Dr. Marcel van der Linden (International Institute for Social History)
Prof. Dr. Henk den Heijer (University of Leiden)
- Brandon, P. (2014). “Een ‘War and Society’-geschiedenis van de Tachtigjarige Oorlog”. Bijdragen en mededelingen betreffende de geschiedenis der Nederlanden, 129(3), 51-72.
- Brandon, P. (2014). “Accounting for power. Bookkeeping and the rationalization of Dutch naval administration”. In J. Fynn-Paul (Ed.), War, entrepreneurs, and the state in Europe and the Mediterranean (pp. 151-169). Leiden / Boston: Brill.
- Brandon, P. (2014). “Rijk door oorlog”. Geschiedenis Magazine, 46-49.
- Brandon, P. & Combrink, T. (2014). “Slavenhandel kreeg juist doorstart in 1814”. De Volkskrant.