Sugar Cane, Coffee and Cotton


80 Year's War

1558 - 1648

12 Year's Truce

1609 - 1621

Dutch Posessions


Approx. 1581 - 1596

Pomeroon is the name of a former Dutch plantation colony on the Pomeroon River in the Guiana region on the north coast of South America. After early colonization attempts in the late 16th century were attacked by Spaniards and local Indians, the original inhabitants fled the interior of Guiana, founding the colony of Essequibo around Fort Kyk-Over-Al shortly after. A second, and more serious attempt at colonization started in 1650, but was ultimately unsuccessful, as French privateers destroyed the colony in 1689. In the late 18th century, a third attempt of colonization was started, this time under the jurisdiction of the Essequibo colony.

First Dutch at the Amazone

Approx. 1599

We owe to Jan De Laet, an unimpeachable authority, our knowledge of the earliest intercourse of the Dutch with the Amazon. In his Nieuwe Wereldt4 he tells us that about 1599 or 1600

"...they of Flushing have built upon it (the Amazon) two small forts and dwelling-places, of which the one named Nassau is built on Coyminne, which is like an island 18 or 20 miles long, but narrow and divided by a creek from the mainland, and was reckoned to be some 80 leagues up the river. The other, named Orange, lies 7 leagues lower than this."

Dutch East India Company (VOC)

Approx. 1602 - 1800

Dutch in New Netherlands

1613 - 1664


1616 - 1814

Dutch West Indian Company (WIC)

06/03/1621 - 1794

Founding West Indian Company
When the truce of 1609 between Spain and the Netherlands came to an end in 1621, the Dutch States-General granted a charter to the West India Company. This charter gave the Company a monopoly of twenty-four years of trade with the countries of America and the West Indies. It was also authorised to make, in the name and by the authority of the States-General, contracts, leagues and alliances with the princes and the natives of the lands within its sphere of action. In addition, it could build fortresses, appoint governors, soldiers, and officers of justice, and generally establish colonies under the sovereignty of the States-General.

The general affairs of the Company were managed by an Assembly of Nineteen. There were separate Chambers for several provinces of the Netherlands under the control of Directors representing the shareholders in these provinces. These Chambers might, and frequently did, embark upon ventures of their own in which the Company had no financial interest. The colonisation of Essequibo was carried out by the Chamber of Zeeland acting separately in this way.

Salvador de Bahia

05/09/1624 - 04/30/1625

Dutch NE Brazil

May 1, 1625 - january 1654


1627 - 1815


1650 - 1689


1667 - november 1975


1745 - 1815


Trans Atlantic Slave Trade

1501 - 1863

Dutch possessions Coast of Guinea

1598 - 1872

The Dutch Gold Coast or Dutch Guinea, officially Dutch possessions on the Coast of Guinea (Dutch: Nederlandse Bezittingen ter Kuste van Guinea) was a portion of contemporary Ghana that was gradually colonized by the Dutch, beginning in 1598. The colony became the most important Dutch colony in West Africa after Fort Elmina was captured from the Portuguese in 1637, but fell into disarray after the abolition of slave trade in the early 19th century. On 6 April 1872, the Dutch Gold Coast was, in accordance with the Anglo-Dutch Treaties of 1870–71, ceremonially ceded to the United Kingdom.[1]

Dutch involvement in the slave trade

1630 - 1863



in 1662, the Dutch signed their first asiento with the Spanish Empire, pledging to provide slaves to Spanish America, primarily through their trading post in Willemstad, Curaçao.

Transition period Suriname and Antilles

july 1863 - july 1873

Slavery was abolished by the Netherlands in Suriname and the Dutch Antilles in 1863. However, slaves in Suriname would not be fully free until 1873, after a mandatory 10 year transition period during which time they were required to work on the plantations for minimal pay and without state sanctioned torture. After 1873 many slaves left the plantations where they had suffered for several generations, in favor of the city of Paramaribo.

Dutch abolition slave trade

july 1863