Antoine Guerry Duclaud Papers, 1759-1794 (mostly 1771-1775)
0.2 linear feet
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of correspondence and documents of Antoine Guerry Duclaud, a French officer employed by the Dutch West India Company who deserted and settled in the Dutch colony of Surinam (now the independent Republic of Suriname) in 1771. The papers document Guerry Duclaud's move to Surinam with the intention of starting a plantation, his business renting the labor of enslaved Africans he brought from Guinea, and his return to Europe in 1775 after failing to make a profit. This collection offers insights into Dutch trade, economic conditions, the institution of slavery, and resistance to slavery by maroon communities in Surinam in the 1770s.