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Dutch Labor Migration To West Africa (C. 1590-1674)

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This chapter discusses the different groups of migrants, their number and activities. It assesses how the economic strategies of the 'Dutch' mercantile elite for the Atlantic influenced the Dutch labor migration to the African continent. The chapter analyzes the impact of the Dutch Republic's labor market on the migration to West Africa and characterizes the 'micro-societies' developed in the Dutch establishments in West Africa. It describes how the organization of the labor market in the Republic influenced the recruitment of workers for the overseas areas and the way the Dutch perceived the use of free and unfree labor in their overseas possessions. The chapter examines how the different economic goals of the 'Dutch' mercantile elite for the West Coast of Africa influenced their policies in these areas, the development of specific economic activities and the mechanisms of labor recruitment.

Keywords: 'Dutch' mercantile elite; Dutch labor migration; labor market; labor recruitment; unfree labor; West Africa



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