26 Facts About Dutch East India


The name 'Dutch East India Company' is used to make a distinction from the [British] East India Company and other East Indian companies .

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In 1600, the Dutch East India joined forces with the Muslim Hituese on Ambon Island in an anti-Portuguese alliance, in return for which the Dutch East India were given the sole right to purchase spices from Hitu.

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In 1613, the Dutch East India expelled the Portuguese from their Solor fort, but a subsequent Portuguese attack led to a second change of hands; following this second reoccupation, the Dutch East India captured Solor in 1636.

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East of Solor, on the island of Timor, Dutch advances were halted by an autonomous and powerful group of Portuguese Eurasians called the Topasses.

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In 1602, the Dutch government followed suit, sponsoring the creation of a single "United East Indies Company" that was granted monopoly over the Asian trade.

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Dutch East India saw the possibility of the VOC becoming an Asian power, both political and economic.

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Dutch East India supported Christian missionaries and traded modern technology with China and Japan.

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Dutch East India had however already followed the example of its European competitors in diversifying into other Asian commodities, like tea, coffee, cotton, textiles, and sugar.

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The Dutch East India military searched houses of Chinese in Batavia for weapons.

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The Dutch East India later re-captured Manhattan, but returned it along with the colony of New Netherland in the Treaty of Westminster ending the Third Anglo-Dutch East India War.

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Dutch East India was much an unofficial representative of the States General of the United Provinces in foreign relations of the Dutch Republic with many states, especially Dutch-Asian relations.

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Fine textiles from Dutch East India were a popular luxury import into Indonesia, and some still survive as treasured heirlooms.

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The Dutch East India came to dominate the map-making and map printing industry by virtue of their own travels, trade ventures, and widespread commercial networks.

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Dutch East India ships carried goods, but they opened up opportunities for the exchange of knowledge.

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Hansken, a young female Asian elephant from Dutch East India Ceylon, was brought to Amsterdam in 1637, aboard a VOC ship.

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Dutch East India was turned back by the ice of the Arctic in his second attempt, so he sailed west to seek a north-west passage rather than return home.

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Dutch East India ended up exploring the waters off the east coast of North America aboard the vlieboot Halve Maen.

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Dutch East India first discovered Delaware Bay and began to sail upriver looking for the passage.

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Dutch East India found the water too shallow to proceed several days later, at the site of present-day Troy, New York.

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Dutch East India's report was first published in 1611 by Emanuel Van Meteren, an Antwerp emigre and the Dutch Consul at London.

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Dutch East India replaced it with one of his own, which included a copy of Hartog's inscription, and took the original plate home to Amsterdam, where it is still kept in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

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Dutch East India named Tasmania Anthoonij van Diemenslandt, after Anthony van Diemen, the VOC's governor-general, who had commissioned his voyage.

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In 1645 Dutch East India cartographers changed the name to Nova Zeelandia in Latin, from Nieuw Zeeland, after the Dutch East India province of Zeeland.

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The Dutch East India launched punitive expeditions that resulted in the near destruction of Bandanese society.

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In 1659 Doman, a Khoikhoi who had worked as a translator for the Dutch East India and had even traveled to Java, led an armed attempt to expel the Dutch East India from the Cape peninsula.

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Second Flag of the Dutch East India Company, adopted with red stripe around 1630 or 1663 and beyond, for the purpose of better visibility at sea against a light sky.

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