The Author

slave-ship-leusden-author-leo-balaiLeonard (Leo) Balai (Paramaribo/Suriname 1946) studied law and public administration at the University of Amsterdam.

After his graduation he was active in various fields. He was a member of the City Council of Amsterdam for almost 11 years. He took his PhD with a thesis on the slave ship Leusden and the West India Company.

 

 

In May 2013 he published: Geschiedenis van de Amsterdamse slavenhandel (History of the Amsterdam slave trade). He also published: The last journey of the slave ship Rusthof.

Leo Balai is married to Dita Vermeulen; 5 grandchildren; lives in Amsterdam.

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