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1. Archives in the Nationaal Archief

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The assembly of the States General was composed of deputies from the provinces of the Northern Netherlands, with the exception of Drenthe. The overall supervision of the West India Company (WIC) and the colonies lay with the States General of the Dutch Republic. They granted the WIC its charter and appointed one member of the board of directors. Therefore, the archives of the States General contain information on Africa. The main body of the archives is arranged according to the so-called resolutie (resolution) system. Subdivided into: ordinary resolutions, secret resolutions and ordinary and secret resolutions relating to special subjects. Both the ordinary and secret resolutions fall into series of drafts and fair copies. The series of fair copies also contain the printed resolutions.

Keywords: Africa; Netherlands; States General; West India Company (WIC)



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