The exhibition, which details the events that led to one of the largest yet least known maritime disasters in the country’s history, has been hailed as a huge success by locals and travelling visitors alike.

The exhibition is to run until August this year so there is still time for Emerald Waterways European river cruise guests to visit the museum and catch the display. Detailing information of an incident which saw 702 people lose their lives, the exhibit is one that is both educational and poignant.

A mysterious tragedy explored

In 1738, the Dutch slave ship Leusden sank on the Maroni (Marowijne) river in Surinam, and while the number of lives lost that day has been documented, the ship itself was never found. The ship’s history included the transportation of around 7,000 slaves over 10 individual voyages between the years of 1719 and 1738 and, despite the ship being lost to the sea, the exhibit shows that the people who were on board have never been forgotten.

The Dark Chapter exhibit comes as Amsterdam marks the 150th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the Dutch colonies. The exhibition presents a history of the slave trade through the story of the Leusden which was researched by historian and writer Leo Balai, whose work and professional opinion features heavily in the exhibit.

The temporary exhibit offers this year’s summer river cruise guests the opportunity to learn and experience the history of the slave trade from a Dutch perspective during their time in Amsterdam at one of the city’s newest and most highly praised museums. With many activities accompanying the exhibition, this is one event that visitors to the city will certainly not want to miss this year.

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