87. Sub-contract between the authorised representatives of Dutch asentista Balthasar Coymans in Cadiz and the Dutch West India Company

Amsterdam City Archives
Inv. number: NL-SAA 5075, inv. no. 4771, fol. no. 464/scan no. 338
SENDER: Stephanus Pelgrom
PLACE OF DEPARTURE: Amsterdam
GENERAL INFORMATION: Sub-contract between the authorised representatives of Dutch asentista Balthasar Coymans in Cadiz and the Dutch West India Company (West-Indische Compagnie, WIC) in which the WIC is to deliver 1,200 enslaved people to the Spanish Americas. Dated 10 April 1685.

Notarised contract, dated 10 April 1685, drafted by notary Stephanus Pelgrom. A comprehensive contract between a large number of parties, among them the regents of various Dutch cities, representatives of the Dutch West India Company, and Spanish diplomats, to arrange the enslavement and transit of 1,200 Africans to the Spanish Americas. It contains stipulations about the ships and captains to be used, about the requested characteristics of the enslaved persons, and the procurement of payments. This is a sub-contract of the so-called asiento, the contract to supply slaves to the Spanish Americas which was at the time under the direction of Dutchman Balthasar Coymans in Cadiz; some of the parties in the contract are his representatives.

(Tessa de Boer and Ramona Negrón)