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Marjoleine Kars
UMBC (Baltimore, MD 21250-0001)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2006 – 12/31/2006

The 1763 Slave Rebellion in the Dutch Colony of Berbice (Modern-Day Guyana)

I am writing a book about one of the largest slave rebellions in the eighteenth-century Caribbean. This virtually unstudied, but richly documented, rebellion took place in the 1760s in the Dutch colony of Berbice, now part of the Republic of Guyana, in northeastern South America. I am particularly interested in the rebellion’s cross-cultural divides and alliances: the deep fissures between and among Africans and Creoles; the alliance of indigenous peoples with the Dutch; the cooperation of rebels and defected European soldiers; as well as the impact of Suriname maroons on the course of the rebellion.