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LeadUp
08 October 2013

The Lead Up

The lead up The 16th century was a time of upheaval in the Netherlands…

Dodo
08 October 2013

Reports and the Twisted Truth

When the VOC sailors came home, people were very attentive…

Batavia
08 October 2013

The Wild Course

The Dutch East India Company didn’t only earn in terms of what they brought home, but also with the trade with Asian cities…

Spices
08 October 2013

In Scents and Colours

After the first VOC ships came back with their freight, inhabitants living close to the warehouses could smell the unknown exotic fragrances…

Kaart
08 October 2013

Navigating at Sea

The people in the Middle Ages imagined the earth as flat as a pancake and surrounded by water. Above were the heavens and below water was hell…

BakLepels
08 October 2013

On Board

On board the crew of the VOC was very diverse. The seamen came from all across Europe…

Flute
08 October 2013

Critical Look

When the Russian tsar Peter the Great came to the Zaanstreek to learn the art of building a ship, he was a little disappointed…

BewindhebbersSLIDE-1000x400
08 October 2013

The first Multinational

When the route to the Indies was established companies began to crop up quickly. Many entrepreneurs favoured the idea of investing in the trade with Asia to make it rich…

VOCgeld
08 October 2013

Huge Profits

During the set-up of the Dutch East India Company it looked like it was ahead of its time with shares being bought by all the social classes…

DifferentEyes
02 July 2013

With Different Eyes

With different eyes ‘’They’ve got red hair, blue eyes. They’re tall, have long faces and long noses with a white complexion…

Zeerovers
01 July 2013

The Downfall

There are most certainly parallels which can be drawn between the past and present, which reflect on the demise of the VOC…

MailbootSluyter
30 June 2013

After the East-Indian Trading Company

When the Dutch returned to Indonesia after the collapse of Napoleon, the situation had totally changed. The time of great profit on spices was over…