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This chapter presents a selection of themes about which one or more coherent sources are available for research, and in which people play the leading part. The themes discussed include in the first place records relating directly to people: Dutch personnel, and Euro-African and African people in the realm of the Dutch administration. The recruitment of African soldiers for the Netherlands East Indies and slaves, two themes that also predominately deal with people. The chapter looks at sets of records that mainly contain information about people, but had a wider administrative goal. Between the early seventeenth and late nineteenth century, the Dutch sent thousands of European men to West Africa, to serve in civil or military positions. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Netherlands Reformed ministers in the service of the West India Company (WIC) could baptise children and marry couples according to Christian rites.

Keywords: African soldiers; European men; Netherlands; West Africa; West India Company (WIC)



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