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Dutch East India Company

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Weeks 15-17: Rise of the West IDs


Dutch East India Company



  • Represented by VOC in Dutch
  • Monopoly extended from the Cape of Good Hope eastward to the Strait of Magellan
  • Sovereign rights in whatever territory it might acquire
  • Jan Pieterszoon Coen regarded as the founder of the Dutch colonial empire in the East Indies
  • City of Batavia in Java (now Jakarta, Indonesia) as the headquarters of the company
  • Dutch influence and activity spread throughout the Malay Archipelago and to China, Japan, India, Iran, and the Cape of Good Hope
  • In 1652, the company established the first European settlement in South Africa on the Cape of Good Hope
  • In 1669, the Dutch company had 40 warships, 150 merchant ships, and 10,000 soldiers at the peak of its power.
  • In the 18th century, internal disorders, the growth of British and French power, and the consequences of a harsh policy toward the native inhabitants caused the decline of the Dutch company.
  • It was doomed by 1795 and taken over by the republic in 1798.











Ships of the Dutch East India Company

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