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The Organization Of The VOC

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This chapter briefly discusses the organization of the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie or VOC). Of all the trading companies of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Dutch United East India Company, which was created in 1602, was indubitably the most successful. Soon after its incorporation the VOC succeeded in firmly forcing back the Portuguese, who had established their commercial empire in Asia a century earlier, and pretty well eliminating them as competitors in the trade between Europe and Asia. Although the charter of 1602 was incisive and detailed in the way in which it laid down the organization of the VOC in the Dutch Republic, it was conversely vague about the administrative structure in Asia. All the VOC establishments in Asia (including that at the Cape of Good Hope) were subject to the Governor-General and Council in Batavia.

Keywords: Asia; Batavia; Dutch East India Company; Europe; Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC)



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