Dutch Colonialism

The Dutch on Mauritius 1638-1658, 1664-1710

Dutch map of a coast of Mauritius. Johannes van Keulen De Z.O. Haven van 't Eyland Mauritius, Amsterdam 1753

Written by Marco Ramerini. English text revision by Dietrich Köster. Mauritius was discovered in 1505 by the Portuguese navigator Domingo Fernandez, who named it “Ilha do Cerne”, a corruption of Ilha do Cisne, meaning Swan Island. The Portuguese used the island as a fresh food reserve for the ships bound for India. The first Dutchman visiting the island was Wybrant ...

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The European forts in Ghana

Elmina Castle, Ghana. Atlas Blaeu van der Hem (1665-1668). No Copyright

Written by Marco Ramerini. English text revision by Dietrich Köster. FORT SÃO JORGE DA MINA (ELMINA) The first European-built fort in Ghana was Fort São Jorge da Mina (Elmina), which was built by the Portuguese in 1482 near an African village, with which they traded, called by them Aldeia das Duas Partes. The foundation stone of this castle was laid ...

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