Capitein, Jacobus

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18th century

African-Dutch clergyman

Capitein was a former slave brought to the Netherlands by a Dutch ship captain. In Leiden he attended school, learned several European languages and in 1742 he became a clergyman after theological school at the University there.

He is probably best remembered as the author of a book defending slavery as a road to Christian redemption and European civilization. He went to the Gold Coast (Ghana) on a mission, but it was a disaster.

References

Blakely, Allison. "Problems in Studying the Role of Blacks in Europe." Formerly available at: http://chnm.gmu.edu/aha/persp/tin/blakely597.html

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