At sea and settlement

Introduction

During the entire voyage persons aboard The Unity were given free medical care. The surgeon brought medicine and surgical instruments; he was required to have his chest inspected by an official inspector of the Middelburg Commerce Company. Common ailments on the ship were: scurvy, diarrhea, dysentery and fever/malaria.Prior to departure the trunk was inspected and carefully sealed. The surgeon was given the key and was responsible for the content of the trunk during the voyage. The Unity began her voyage home on medio December 1762. After more than three months The Unity sailed into the Middelburg harbor.

Documents

Middelburgse Commercie Compagnie (MCC) 1720-1889

Report
A report of the surgeon, Middelburgse Commercie Compagnie (MCC) 1720-1889 – NL-MdbZA_20_390_0006

Report
A report of the surgeon, Middelburgse Commercie Compagnie (MCC) 1720-1889 -

malariamug

Malaria
(source: Wikipedia)

Scurvy
Symptoms of scurvy from, ‘The Journal of Henry Walsh Mahon’ (bron: Wikipedia)

Surgeon’s case
bron: Wikipedia

Worksheets

Introduction Lesson 6.2 Homeward voyage Lesson 6.2 At sea and settlement – Math Lesson 6.2 At sea and settlement – Language Lesson 6.2 At sea and settlement – WO

Extra

Archival research aided by the Internet
This assignment for young archival researchers is about making connections between documents. By comparing different documents about the same event or the same subject with each other, you can discover how, why and when something occurred. Archival research is like detective work!

In the MCC archives you will find various documents. Including all the documents about the voyage taken by The Unity. Many of these documents are on the MCC Slave Voyage The Unity website. This assignment is about disease aboard The Unity.

Assignment
Have a look at the report by the ship’s surgeon in his journal on November 18, 1761. In this he reports that third mate Adriaan de Puit (also written Arriaan de Puijt) comes to see him with an ailment. The surgeon writes down what his diagnosis is, what medications he prescribes and if it helps.

Have a look at the report by the ship’s surgeon in his journal on December 12, 1761. This is also about Adriaan de Puit. The surgeon describes what has happened to Adriaan de Puit between November 18th and December 12th.

Have a look at the report by the ship’s surgeon in his journal on August 13, 1762. This is about a female African slave. Her name is not mentioned, the surgeon simply indicates her in his journal as ‘female slave’. In his journal she is number 33. The surgeon writes down what the ailment is and what medication he gives her.

Have a look at the report by the ship’s surgeon in his journal on August 18, 1762. In it he writes that ‘female slave no. 33’ still has the same ailment and what other medicine he gives her.

Have a look at the report by the ship’s surgeon in his journal on August 19, 1762. This is also about the female slave. The surgeon describes what happened to this slave between August 13th and August 19th.

Answer the following questions:

  1. Adriaan de Puit and the African woman both came to see the surgeon with the same ailment. What was this?
  2. From the surgeon’s journal we can guess approximately what age Adriaan de Puit and the African woman were. From the text can you estimate how old or young they were?
  3. What is the difference between the treatment given to Adriaan de Puit and the African woman?
  4. Do you see similarities in the treatment of Adriaan de Puit and the African woman?
  5. After taking laxatives (medicine to stimulate the defecation), both pooped something out that healthy people do not poop out. What was this?
  6. Describe how things ended for Adriaan de Puit and the African woman.
  7. What do you think: What played a role in the outcome of the two case histories: the age of the afflicted, their general wellbeing, the treatment of the circumstances? Or a combination of two or more factors? Explain why you think this.
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