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The Model Of The VOC In Early Seventeenth-Century France (Hugo Grotius And Pierre Bergeron)

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Pro-colonial discourse has evolved radically in modern times, transitioning from the early stages of the papal donations (symbolized by, amongst other things, the famous 'Inter Caetera' bull of 1494, in which Pope Alexander VI divided newly-discovered territories between Portugal and Spain) to a new mercantilist conception founded on commercial competition between the European powers. This chapter examines the means by which Hugo Grotius's legal justification of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) was imported to France in the early seventeenth century. The role of intermediaries, such as the prolific writer Pierre Bergeron , as well as the connections between commercial law and colonialism, are thus at the heart of this study. Pierre Bergeron 's interest in the VOC is directly connected to his position as a tireless propagandist for French colonialism.

Keywords: Dutch East India Company (VOC); early seventeenth century France; French colonialism; Hugo Grotius; Pierre Bergeron



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