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Expansion For Commodities

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Through its regional headquarters in East Asia, Zeelandia Castle in Tayouan, the VOC established a maritime trade pattern linking China, Japan, and Batavia. Chinese gold was primarily used to purchase textiles on the Coromandel Coast for the markets in the East Indies and Holland. In view of the importance of Formosan deerskins and Chinese gold in the intra-Asian trade, the Company, as the overlord of the southern plains, finally had a free hand in seeking more profits in the second half of the 1630s. In an effort to collect more deerskins, the Dutch expanded their influence sphere northwards to the regions of Favorlangh and Tackays. With a similar thought in mind, exploratory missions were sent via the south overland route to the south-east coast of Formosa where the production sites of Formosan gold were rumoured to be.

Keywords: commodities; Formosa; Formosan deer products; Formosan gold; maritime trade

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