Snauwschepen Painting depicting ships of the Middelburgse Commercie Compagnie by artist Engel Hoogerheyden from Middelburg (1740-1807). Oil on canvas, 111×245,5 cm. Stadhuiscollectie Middelburg, inv.nr 65.van de Middelburgsche Commercie Compagnie - Engel Hoogerheyden

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

The trading of African people who were forced into slavery was the ‘core business’ of the MCC (The Middelburgse Commercie Compagnie). The archive of the MCC has been declared to be a ‘Memory of the World’ by UNESCO. The trading of Africans who were forced into slavery was the ‘core business’ of the MCC (The Middelburgse Commercie Compagnie). From 1732 to 1807, 31.095 African slaves were bought by the MCC with the intention to sell them in the West Indies. The archive of the MCC is kept by the Zeeland Archives and is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.