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Days Of Reckoning (1784–1795)

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The decade from 1784, the end of the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War, and 1795, when the Dutch Republic was invaded by the French, stands for days of reckoning for the servants of the Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC) at Cochin. During the last quarter of the eighteenth century, the Dutch Republic underwent political turmoil when the Patriot faction challenged the old regime of the Orangists who supported the Stadhouder William V. In the new economic scenario, in which the Malabar Command had started to show profits in its local account books almost continuously between 1757 and 1775, massive efforts were made at reducing the command in terms of size and personnel. Within the East India Company (EIC), officials at the Bombay Presidency and the Malabar supervisor were not very positive about the advantages of occupying Fort Cochin.

Keywords: days of reckoning; Dutch republic; East India Company (EIC); Fort Cochin; Malabar; Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie(VOC )



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