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Plantation Leases Slaves

9 August 1828
NEHA Bijz Col 632

The Klein-Pouderoyen plantation was owned by Dutch nationals, even after 1814, when Guyana became British territory. African slaves cultivated its main product, coffee. After the British prohibited the slave trade in 1807, slave labour became lucrative business. Klein Pouderoyen therefore leased slaves to neighbouring plantations such as Nouvelle Flandres. This yielded 6 guilders on 9 August 1828. From 1824 to 1831 the revenues from leasing slaves totaled 16,000 guilders. This is recorded in the Klein-Pouderoyen ledgers, which are in the NEHA Special Collections.