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This conclusory chapter of the book brings to the fore the interconnections between the institutional experience of the Dutch East India Company in Cochin and the individual experiences of the inhabitants connected to that company. Fort Cochin and other settlements were conquered from the Portuguese so that the Dutch might become the sole importers of pepper into Europe. While in the early days the VOC's judicial administration was limited to the fortified area and to the Roman Catholics living close by on the coast, later on the Company actively extended both its judicial and its fiscal administration beyond the walls of Fort Cochin. The institutional and individualistic forces at work in Fort Cochin not only bring out the change that the Company was going through, they also show how dependent the inhabitants of Fort Cochin were on the welfare of the Company.

Keywords: Dutch; East India Company; Europe; Fort Cochin; VOC

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