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BILL OF LADING for twenty slaves loaded at Curaçao for New Netherland

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I, the undersigned Jan Jansen Eyckenboom, skipper, next to God, of my ship named Den Eyckenboom, presently lying within the harbor of the island of Curaçao, ready to sail to Nieuw Nederlandt, hereby acknowledge to have received in my aforesaid ship from the honorable lord vice-director Matthias Beck for the account of the honorable Company, twenty healthy slaves or male Negroes, whom I accept and promise to deliver, after a safe arrival with my aforesaid ship in Nieuw Nederlandt, to the honorable lord director-general and council. In testimony thereof three identical receipts have been executed, of which the others are invalid when one is satisfied.

Curaçao in Fort Amsterdam, the 8th of May 1660.

Jan Jansz Eijckenboom

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Translation: Gehring, C., trans./ed., Curaçao Papers, 1640-1665 (New Netherland Research Center and the New Netherland Institute: 2011).A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.