Exhibitions at the Dutch Fortress Museum

We organize exhibitions related to fortress building or the history of Naarden on an regular basis.

Vêrlander, forgotten children of the VOC

 

From 1602 till 1796 the Dutch East Indian Company (VOC) dominated the profitable trade with countries in the Indian Ocean. In two centuries the VOC sent almost 5.000 ships to Asia. From Africa to East-Asia Dutch forts and factories were built and the VOC became the first multinational in history. A less well known story is the story of sailors and soldiers of the VOC having children with native women. When they sailed home they left their children behind, to be forgotten.

 A special project about these forgotten children of the VOC has been made by photographer Geert Snoeijer, Nonja Peters (Anthropologist), Bart de Graaf (Historian) and Aone van Engelenhoven (Linguist). Together they went to Africa, Indonesia and West-Australia to find out what has been left, after four centuries, of the contacts between the VOC and the native community. What have been the effects of the shared Dutch DNA on the lives of the VOC descendants?

 The impressive exhibition ‘Vêrlander, the forgotten children of the VOC’ was made in collaboration with the Westfries Museum Hoorn and was shown simultaneously on four continents in 2017. The exhibition ‘Vêrlander, the forgotten children of the VOC’ is on display at the Dutch Fortress Museum from 25th May till 29th September 2019.