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A Many-Headed Hydra: An Introduction To The Dutch East India Company

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The Dutch East India Company (VOC) was a complicated institution, being both a chartered trading joint stock company and an instrument of war in the hands of the States General, the highest executive body of the Dutch Republic, at least until 1648. The main aim of the VOC was in the first instance to bring Asian products to the European market. The VOC tried to gain control over its Asian trade at the indigenous sources of supply, or even over the production itself, if possible by peaceful means, but if necessary by force. The VOC also recognised that by participating significantly in the intra-Asian trade, enough cash flow would be generated for procuring the Asian products in demand. For this, an extensive trade network of factories and forts was needed as was a sophisticated fleet structure which would allow for the transportation of goods to and from Asia.

Keywords: Asian Organisation; Dutch East India Company; European market; trade network



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