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Title:Shipboard slave uprisings on the Malagasy coast: the 'Meermin' (1766) and 'De Zon' (1775)
Author:Alexander, AndrewISNI
Periodical:Kronos: Journal of Cape History
Geographic term:Madagascar
Subjects:slave rebellions
slave trade
trading companies
maritime transport
Abstract:This article challenges the notion that slaves purchased and transported on slaving vessels were a quiet and subservient lot, fatalistically accepting their destiny and docile in the face of the constant brutality they were forced to endure. The article compares the slave uprisings on two VOC merchant ships trading for slaves in Madagascar, viz. 'De Meermin' in February and March 1766 and 'De Zon' in August 1775. It argues that, although the circumstances that gave rise to these respective rebellions are in many ways dissimilar, the articulated intentions of the mutineers bear so much in common as to be almost identical. There is a similarity between the mutinies both in purpose and intent, as well as organization, strategy and means. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]