National Archives of the Netherlands (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)

Research information on Dutch group settlement in Brazil

The Mutual Heritage Program (MCH) has commissioned the New Holland Foundation to collect research information in Dutch archival institutions on Dutch group settlement in Brazil from the 19th century onwards. As a result, an online research guide/index (in Dutch) is now available.

One of the main purposes of the MCH policy is the accessibility of Dutch archives that have great international value. With the index of archives and documents on Dutch group migration to Brazil, the MCH-Program hopes to stimulate interest in and research into this subject.

Apart from the index, the researcher, historian Lodewijk Hulsman, has published (under the supervision of Dr. Mari Smits, researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands) an interesting study on this topic, called Dutch Group Settlement in Brazil 1822-1992. The report is available in English and in Dutch.

The index/research guide as well as Hulsmans report are tools for further research on this theme. The information is interesting for Dutch communities in Brazil, researchers of migration, migrants and their relatives and other people interested in the Dutch history of Brazil.

Prior to this, the MCH program published a documentary on the Dutch colony Holanda to inform people about Dutch group settlement in Brazil.