Slave trading and slave resistance in the Indian Ocean world: the case of early eighteenth-century Bengal

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This article examines slave trading and slave resistance in the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and the English East India Company (EIC) settlements in early eighteenth-century Bengal. VOC and EIC officials exported slaves from Bengal, but also imported slaves from all over the Indian Ocean littoral. The various acts of resistance by settlement slaves show that these slaves utilized their cultural backgrounds as well as their knowledge of diverse cultural and political milieus of early eighteenth-century Bengal in creating a cosmopolitan culture of resistance. These dynamics of slave trading and resistance place Bengal within a trans-regional, Indian Ocean network of slavery.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chakraborty, T

Published Date

  • October 2, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 706 - 726

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1743-9523

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0144-039X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/0144039X.2019.1606525

Citation Source

  • Scopus