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REINHART FRANS VAN LANSBERGE: GOUVERNEUR VAN SURINAME 1859-1867
W. van Dijk
De West-Indische Gids
34ste Jaarg., EMANCIPATIENUMMER (1953), pp. 13-22
Published by: Brill on behalf of the KITLV, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41848790
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Reinhart Frans Cornelis van Lansberge was born in 1804 in Olst, in the province of Overijssel, Netherlands. His father and grandfather had been Dutch ambassadors to Germany. His mother descended from a brother of van Oldenbarneveld, the famous statesman, who lived at the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century. In 1822 van Lansberge went to the West Indies as a government-official. Some years afterwards he worked in Bogotá, Colombia, and when the consul-general Ridder de Stuers was killed there in a single combat, he became his successor. Van Lansberge spent 44 years of his life in tropical America; during 11 years he was governor. In 1855 he was appointed governor of Curaçao; from 1859 to 1867 he was governor of Dutch Guiana. It was his task to prepare and to carry into effect the emancipation of 33,000 slaves, which took place on July the first 1863. The Dutch government was afraid that this liberation would be accompanied with rebellion, but thanks to the quiet conduct of van Lansberge everything took place in good order. He advised the Dutch government to allow the people of Dutch Guiana a form of home rule: in 1866 the first session of the Colonial States (13 members) was opened by the governor. Van Lansberge departed to Holland in 1867, and died at the Hague in 1873.
De West-Indische Gids © 1953 Brill