Often, people think about the Dutch 17th and 18th century slave trade that only the West Indies Company did that, to Suriname and the Antilles. However, also the Dutch East India Company (VOC) did it.
Recently, the web site of Leiden university published, about new research on this:
The dark side of the VOC mentality
The ‘East India Company mentality’ was held up as a positive example to Dutch people of today by Rightist Prime Minister Balkenende.
The kingdom of Arakan, in the border region between Bangladesh and Burma, was the biggest source of slaves of the VOC. The need for labour at the spice plantations on the Banda islands transformed the slave market from a supply-directed to a demand-directed market.
There was such a big need for (imported slave) labour in the Banda archipelago, as the original inhabitants had been massacred by the VOC for not agreeing to the economic conditions of the VOC in the nutmeg trade.
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