Category History


Freedom Marooned: An Atlantic Slave Rebellion in the Dutch Caribbean

Humanities Forum
Marjoleine Kars, Dresher Center fellow, chair and associate professor of history, UMBC
Wednesday, December 2 | 4 pm
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

In 1763-1764, five thousand slaves in the Dutch colony of Berbice in South America rebelled. The extraordinary judicial records of the uprising allow for an examination of the internal dynamics of rebellion. Mapping the politics among the enslaved, rather than merely their interactions with European colonists, shines a light on the many Afro-Berbicians who, eager to remain both master-less and alive, struggled to dodge all combatants, whether Dutch and their Amerindian allies, or rebels. (Click heading for full description.)


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