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Batavia’S Role In The Direct China Trade

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Batavia, the general Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC)) rendezvous in Asia, was in a privileged position to collect all kinds of merchandise from the East Indies that were in demand on the Canton market. Moreover, in those years that the China Committee might find itself short of funds for the direct China trade, there always was the possibility that the High Government could make up the deficiency. As far as the High Government was concerned in the new setup of the direct China trade under the management of the China Committee, it rather reluctantly had to play two painful roles: one of a great contributor and the other of a poor beneficiary. None the less, from the angle of the Gentlemen Seventeen, the loss of the local interest of Batavia actually worked out well for the general interests of the Company.

Keywords: Batavia; Canton market; China Committee; direct China trade; Dutch East India Company; High Government; Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC)



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