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During the First World War, there were roughly 480.000 soldiers and 225.000 workers in France from the colonies, including 134.000 West Africans. Moroccan, Somalian and Senegalese regiments played an... [Item of the Day]
Rotterdam in the 17th and 18th centuries was a principal port of departure for transmigrants to America. Typically they came from the Rhineland and their goal often was Pennsylvania, the colony that... [Item of the Day]
Two Chinese contract labourers on the run in Sumatra, Dutch East Indies,  were shot dead by 'caretakers' on 14 October 1902, according to the Sumatra Post.  A lot of such incidents occurred in... [Item of the Day]
Friedrich Schweppe (born 1839, died 27 October 1927),  a German migrant worker, was a highly estimated fireman-gang leader in the brickyard of mr Tichelaar in the Dutch village Loppersum, province of... [Item of the Day]
On this day, Si Saadi ben Allel from Kabylia, Algeria, arrived in New Caledonia with 32 compatriots. They were deported with the French transport vessel Loire as a punishment for a rebellion against... [Item of the Day]
Since the sixties many Turkish workers migrated to the Netherlands to become industrial workers. The so called 'guest' workers temporarily left their family behind and regularly sent part of their... [Item of the Day]
Doukhobors – literally 'spirit wrestlers' - belonged to a Russian religious sect that was severely persecuted by the church and the state for their pacifist ideas at the end of the nineteenth century... [Item of the Day]
At the end of the fifties many women from the Dutch colony of Surinam left for the Netherlands to receive nurse's training. In Holland the hospitals had a shortage of staff. The women graduated and... [Item of the Day]