The West India Company

In 1621, the Dutch West India Company (WIC) was founded, which colonized Suriname

and the Antilles and gained the Dutch monopoly on the slave trade.


The Dutch were responsible for about 5% of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, which is a considerable amount given the small size of the country. The slaves were picked up along the African coast and then shipped to America in barbaric conditions. An estimated 5% of the Dutch economy ran on slave labor. More details follow in the next post.