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Multiple Crossings: Black Biographies in the Dutch Atlantic

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Accara and Gousarie were two African men caught up in Dutch slavery and colonialism during the Age of Revolution. Leaders in the 1763 Berbice slave rebellion, they next served as slave hunters, army drummers in the Dutch Republic, and Maroon fighters in Suriname. Defying easy characterization, the pair were victims, perpetrators, resisters, and collaborators – sequentially and, at times, simultaneously. How do we write the biographies of people forced to shape-shift across boundaries and allegiances and whose presence in the archives is equally slippery?

This talk is part of the Early Modern Economic and Social History Seminars series.

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