Volume 30, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0920-9034
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9870
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In this paper, we discuss the recent discovery of four letters written in 1783, one of which is written fully in Papiamentu, the other three comprising Papiamentu fragments. The data in these constitute one of the earliest written attestations of Papiamentu. We first provide a brief overview of the earliest attestations of Papiamentu and then present the Letters as Loot research programme, to which we owe the discovery of the 1783 letters. Following this, the article discusses the contents of the letters and the socio-historical context in which they were written. To close, we discuss the value of this new source for Papiamentu studies.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Curaçao; Dutch; early (late-18th-century) Papiamentu; Letters as Loot
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