Middelburg, October 1, 1761. Captain Jan Menkeveld raises the anchors of De Eenigheid, a ship of the Middelburg Commercial Company (MCC). The 36 crew members are about to embark on their triangular journey: from the North Sea via the West African coast to colonies in the Caribbean and the Americas (West Indies).<br />
When the wind from the east finally takes them from the Oosterschelde to the North Sea, cheers erupt. Off to Africa, where trade goods – including textiles, guns, gunpowder, drinks, and knives – are exchanged for ivory, gold, and enslaved Africans. The captain aims to engage in trade as early as possible because the farther south the trading spots, the more expensive the people.<br />
Ultimately, with 319 Africans and 33 crew members, the ship sets course westward. Here, 299 enslaved individuals are sold to work on one of the many plantations, such as in Suriname, Berbice, and Essequibo. Loaded with goods from Africa and the colonies, De Eenigheid departs on December 19, 1762. Back to Middelburg...
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