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Exile in Colonial AsiaKings, Convicts, Commemoration$
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Ronit Ricci

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824853747

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824853747.001.0001

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Belongings and Belonging

Belongings and Belonging

Indonesian Histories in Inventories from the Cape of Good Hope

(p.165) Seven Belongings and Belonging
Exile in Colonial Asia

Jean Gelman Taylor

University of Hawai'i Press

A little known group in the universal history of forced migration comprises men and women from the Indonesian archipelago who were taken as slave laborers to the Dutch East India Company settlement at the Cape of Good Hope in the eighteenth century. My study is based on examination of inventories in Cape archives that list in great detail the possessions of deceased European slaveholders and of Indonesians who had achieved manumission. The key elements of the inventory - names and possessions - provide a research methodology for discovering a surprising amount and range of data. Names give us the individual, the individual's connections to others and relationship to society. Possessions reveal how a life was lived. The inventories demonstrate that in new environments Indonesians developed skills, launched small businesses, formed families, and acted to improve the social and economic standing of their children.

Keywords:   Indonesians, manumitted slaves, inventories, Dutch East India Company, Cape of Good Hope, eighteenth century

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