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This chapter provides an overview of the book, which deals specifically with Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC)-Tonkin political and commercial relations between 1637 and 1700. The book recapitulates one of the most relevant aspects: the Tonkin connection in the intra-Asian trade of the VOC during the seventeenth century. Recent research on VOC trade has rightly considered its well-devised intra-Asian trade the key factor in the commercial success of the Dutch Company in Asia in the seventeenth century. Since the book deals specifically with the VOC-Tonkin relationship, the principal sources are the Dutch records relating to Tonkin preserved at the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands in The Hague.

Keywords: Dutch; seventeenth century; Tonkin; Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC)



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