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2. Dutch relations with other european nations

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During the last decade of the sixteenth century and throughout the seventeenth century, relations between the Dutch and other European nations on the Gold Coast were in a formative state. Whenever a bellicose situation arose, the West India Company (WIC) directorate in the Netherlands would call on the States General for (military) assistance. These requests and reports to, and resolutions by the States General are a rich source for the early political history of the Dutch in Africa. After 1680, only four European nations maintained a presence on the Coast of Guinea, namely the Dutch, British, Danes, and Brandenburgers. When the Portuguese Crown separated itself from the Spanish Crown in 1640, there was no longer any reason to maintain a state of war for the Netherlands. The Dutch relationship with the British was long and varied.

Keywords: Brandenburgers; British; Dutch relations; European nations; Guinea; Netherlands; Portuguese; West India Company (WIC)



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