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  • Title: Slaafgemaakt: Rethinking Enslavement in the Dutch Caribbean
  • Author(s): Felicia Fricke
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: New Directions in the Humanities
  • Keywords: Slavery, Oral History, Material Culture, Archaeology, Osteology, Dutch Caribbean, St Eustatius, Statia, St Maarten, St Martin, Curaçao, Osteobiography, Qualitative Research, Thematic Analysis
  • Date: October 28, 2020
  • ISBN (hbk): 978-0-949313-37-9
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-86335-226-0
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-86335-227-7
  • DOI:
  • Citation: Fricke, Felicia. 2020. Slaafgemaakt: Rethinking Enslavement in the Dutch Caribbean. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-86335-227-7/CGP.
  • Extent: 126 pages

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Slaafgemaakt: Rethinking Enslavement in the Dutch Caribbean is a fresh and unique examination of the lives of enslaved people on the islands of Curaçao, St. Eustatius, and St. Maarten. Using a ground-breaking combination of original data from human skeletons, archaeological artefacts, and the testimonies of local people, it reveals for the first time the real lived experiences of enslaved people on these islands. In a bold departure from previous literature, this study focuses on the physical and psychological impacts of enslavement. Dr. Fricke takes us on a journey through 23 objects including a perfume bottle stopper, a blue glass bead, a candle holder, and a fish-hook, uncovering with intimate sensitivity and compassion the hidden stories of daily life for enslaved people behind these objects. Speaking powerfully to our present moment, this book challenges the status quo in archaeological research and investigates important questions such as: how does slavery affect the mind and body? What are the similarities and differences between slavery in the Dutch Caribbean and in the wider Americas? Why is this knowledge vital for modern society? And what should we do with this information? At turns harrowing and moving, yet always fascinating, this urgent and compelling study brings us closer than ever before to the real experiences of enslaved people in the Dutch Caribbean.