What role did Swiss businessmen play in the mercantile trade triangle of the 17th to the 19th centuries? Switzerland may not have had colonies or a fleet, but Swiss individuals profited from the trade with merchandise or slaves, just as other Europeans did. Merchant ships took cloth products and weapons from Europe to Africa, went on to the Americas with slaves, and returned to Europe with precious raw materials. During public events, cooperaxion regularly highlights the history of the transatlantic slave trade, and particularly the implication of Swiss citizens.
The Slave Trade Data Bank provides a unique documentation of the Swiss business activities during the transatlantic slave trade of the 17th to 19thcenturies; searches can be conducted according to canton of origin, business region or full text. Subject-grouped background information on Switzerland’s role in the transatlantic slave trade can be found under documentation.
Support of partners in the South
cooperaxion collects funds to secure the sustainable development of the projects in Latin America and Africa – and even more. cooperaxion links, encourages and enables partner organisations along the earlier slave trade routes, more particularly in Liberia (West Africa) and in Brazil, and helps them implement their own development projects. Local people are supported in the areas of project development, organisation management and finance. The further development of the projects and the skills of the organisations are assisted by cooperaxion through local visits and support from Switzerland.