Date of Award

Fall 11-14-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Noah Gelfand

Second Advisor

Eduardo Contreras

Academic Program Adviser

Karen Kern


Between 1621 and 1712, Dutch and English colonists imported African slaves to present-day New York to help create a profitable colony. This thesis explores why the Dutch created a society with slavery and how the English transformed New York into a slave society during this period.



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