The dutchinkerala.com presents the major events that occurred in Kerala since the arrival of European powers, their tug of war for power and its consequent impact in the history of the world in detail.
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Between 1600 and 1800 the Dutch East Indian Company VOC shipped estimated 50,000 Indian slaves from Pulicat to Indonesia. They mostly went as bonded labourers to work in Dutch factories (trading posts) and plantations to what was then the Dutch Indies.
We visited Bimilipatan , now Bheemunipatnam, on 2 March through the beautiful beach road 28 kilometres from Vizag (now Visakhapatnam). Very near the light house we saw the pyramid tombs rise at the Flagstaff cemetery.
Not much personal information from Dutch life in Bengal or any other of Dutch settlements in India can be found in the VOC archives in the State Archives. The reason for that is that the VOC correspondence only covered official and business information written by VOC employees and shared with the local head office and the central office in The Netherlands, The VOC also censored all letters. An exception can be made for Jan Albert Sichterman (1692-1764), who spent nearly 15 years in Bengal. In 1742 he used his own money to build a church tower near the river in Chinsurah.
That we know a bit more about his and his family’s life is due to a personal history dug up by a descendent in the Sichterman family. Wiet Kühne-van Diggelen.
My annotated collection on VOC in India started in 1988 and comprises nearly 450 titles. I have grouped them on the various regions and on two interesting VOC employees. The last category gives interesting views from esteemed Indian historians about the Dutch presence. They include comparisons between the Portuguese, Dutch and British actions in India.