Rightswalk : Cocoa, Sugar and Slaves

The trade history of Middelburg

Middelburg is a city with a rich history. Part of this history is shown in this app: places that remind us of the transatlantic slave trade that Zeeland was involved in. For example, warehouses of the Dutch West India Company (WIC), locations used by the Middelburg Commerce Company (MCC), or the house of reverend Smytegelt who preached against slave trade. In 2014 it is the 200th anniversary of the Dutch abolishment of slave trade. Connected to the slave trade, was the trade in sugar and cocoa.

Walk along and see for yourself how well the city has preserved its own history.

Advice: before you start walking, read the introduction about the role of Middelburg in the trade of cocoa, sugar and slaves. You can find it at: www.amnesty.nl/rightswalkmiddelburg


Download the app at home, or someplace where there is wifi.

The walking tour ‘Cocoa, Sugar and Slaves’ is initiated by the municipality of Middelburg, the Library of Zeeland (Zeeuwse Bibliotheek), the Zeeland Archives (Zeeuws Archief) and Amnesty International, and is developed by 7scenes.

Text: Johan Francke and Peter Sijnke, translation: Inge Zwart.

The images used are property of the Zeeuwse Bibliotheek (Library of Zeeland), het Zeeuws Archief (the Zeeland Archives) and the Koninklijk Zeeuwsch Genootschap der Wetenschappen.

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