Assembled from the rich collection in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
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.
— Lees op dutchinkerala.com/article20.php
Deep within the old Roman Catholic cemetery in Agra, where few venture, is a two storied mausoleum d…
— Read on op www.livehistoryindia.com/amazing-india/2017/04/26/the-red-taj-mahal
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.
The Live history India site has a well written post about this rather hidden past of Pulicat and Dutch: https://www.livehistoryindia.com/cover-story/2019/07/28/pulicat-the-forgotten-indian-slave-trade
The earliest reference to European slave trade is in 1510, when the Portuguese sent 24 slaves from Calicut to Lisbon.
Other sources of information about the European Indian heritage relate to recent results of revamping sites.
Het beleg van de stad Machilipatnam (Masulipatnam), anoniem, 1675 – 1725 – Rijksmuseum
— Lees op www.rijksmuseum.nl/nl/collectie/NG-2008-60-29
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.
Wiet wrote the book in Dutch. For my research for the Indian specialists working on the revamp of the Dutch heritage in Chinsurah I summarized her book about Jan Sichterman. See Nearly fifteen years VOC service in Bengal: Jan Albert Sichterman.
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.
Cochin, the old town, Fort Cochin, Bolgatty Palace and Vypeen provide the best preserved Dutch heritage in India. Here old Dutch remains are being integrated in Cochin by making them part of life in this Kerala harbour town. Municipalities, INTACH and private Indians have teamed up to turn then into commercial viable operations for tourism and cultural development.
Three old Dutch houses formed the basis of David Hall that is now a cafe art house. Bolgatty Palace turned into a hotel, so did a few other old colonial buildings in old Cochin. A new promenade has many visitors strolling past the revamped Dutch bastion. From one of the hotels one can do a Duct heritage walk that has been developed by Bauke van der Pol.