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Life After The VOC

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This chapter briefly talks about the Fort Cochin and its inhabitants immediately before and after the take-over. The inhabitants of the fort, especially the Dutch company servants and their families, had to face the new political situation with prudence. In principle they could wait and watch the situation, leave it and go to another Dutch settlement, or move to a neutral place nearby to safeguard their interests as Dutchmen. The decision of many inhabitants of Fort Cochin to stay on, whether or not in the service of the English company, depended on their treatment by the new British administration and opportunities to earn a livelihood. Post-VOC Cochin would have been attractive to the former VOC servants as the EIC's commercial policy, which allowed private trade, gave them more opportunities to participate in it and earn a living.

Keywords: Dutch company servants; English company; Fort Cochin; VOC

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