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Monday, January 6, 2014

Trade with the West Indies

Curacoa in West Indies
Trade with the West Indies began as early as 1633, the year in which Captain Devries stated that he made the acquaintance of Captain Stone at Jamestown. Stone had recently arrived from that part of America with a cargo of supplies to be bartered for tobacco.  The directors of the Dutch West India Company wrote to Mr. Stuyvesant in 1646 that persons from Virginia had already made their way to Curacoa and were exchanging their commodities for its products. Only a few years later, shipmasters from Barbadoes were found selling Negroes to the planters along the York and James rivers.

Source: Documents Relating to the Colonial History of New York, vol. XIV; Records of Lower Norfolk County, vol. 1646-1651, p. 115..

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