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date: 19 April 2021

Joanna locked

(c. 1755–1782),
  • Natalie Zemon Davis

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a slave in the Dutch colony of Suriname and companion of John Gabriel Stedman, who wrote of their relationship and their son in his widely read Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam Joanna was born on the Tenburg sugar plantation on the Commewyne River the daughter of the housemaid and knitter Seerie and of Anthony Tielenius Kruythoff the manager and administrator of Tenburg for absentee owners in the Netherlands Joanna s maternal grandfather Dikie had been seized as a teenager from a Gbe speaking polity along the Bight of Benin West Africa in the late 1720s Transported to Suriname in a Dutch West Indies Company boat he had become a sugar boiler and taken a wife from among the enslaved people of Tenburg Joanna s father a descendant of Dutch Reformed Church pastors was the son of a river toll collector of Tiel ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography.

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