Servants, Masters and Families. African and Eurafrican Jews in 17th Century Amsterdam

Published on Jun 13, 2022
How did the Portuguese Jews in Early Modern Amsterdam relate to African slaves, servants, and non-white community members? Mark Ponte will share the history of black people in Sephardic households during the Dutch Golden Age. One example, Hanna Vas was a black slave who had children with Moses Moreno-Monsanto, and later married him. Moses wrote four Wills, testifying to the complexity of the situation. Who were the black people involved in the life of the Portuguese Jewish community, what was their place in the family, and what is their legacy?

Mark Ponte is a historian working on Early Modern migration and slavery in Amsterdam and the Dutch Atlantic. He works part-time at the Amsterdam City Archives, including on the project ‘Alle Amsterdamse Akten’. In recent years he has mainly published on Black Amsterdammers in the 17th Century. He was a researcher and author for the exhibition Black in Rembrandt's Time in the Rembrandt House Museum (2020) and created the exhibition 'Amsterdammers and Slavery’ (2021) was a research fellow at the Mauritshuis Museum. He regularly writes contributions for (public) historical books and magazines.

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