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By D. W. Davies (auth.)

This quantity is an try to provide the yankee reader an idea of the level of the Dutch community of alternate within the 17th century. even supposing a few attempt is made to cartoon out, even though in brief, the actions of the Dutch in quite a few areas during the century, emphas1s has been put on their first front into those components in that interval. In every one zone the products which the Netherlanders got were indicated in addition to the goods they traded for them. The association of the chapters demands a proof. scholars of Dutch historical past will ponder Surat and Persia as a average unit, and of Malabar and Ceylon, Japan and China, West Africa and Brazil as being different entities which one might certainly speak about jointly. i've got followed the extra visible nationwide divisions, Persia, India, Japan, Brazil, etc., as being extra simply com­ prehensible for the informal reader. in the chapters i've got then defined the alternate connections among West Africa and Brazil, Surat and Persia, and so forth.

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The adventurers had again, he pointed out, seen from afar the open sea. He urged perseverance, but the only perseverance was shown by the Amsterdamers who sent out two ships on a third expedition, one commanded by Jacob van Heemskerck, the other by Jan Corneliszoon Rijp, withWillem Barents as chief officer or sailing master of the voyage. This expedition, which left the Netherlands in May 1596, is notable for the feats of navigation accomplished, the human fortitude exhibited, and the utter lack of any commercial success.

These incidents were forerunners of the great Dutch effort to open trade on the coast which came after 1590. In the fifteen years, 1593-1607, more than two hundred Dutch trading vessels visited the West African coast, and by the end of that period they had broken forever the Portuguese monopoly of trade. - In x6n, Fort Nassau was established at More and a few years later, in 1617, the Dutch established themselves at Goeree, and at Rufisque. They took Arguin {Agadir) from the Portuguese in 1634, Axim in 1642, Sao Jorge da Mina and Cabo de Cor~o in 1637, and Sao Tome and Sao Paulo de Loanda in 1641.

Are the graines which are brought out of other contryes, specially out of Estland .... ' About two years before these observations by the Privy Council, the States General had begged the English to remember that the Netherlanders were bearing the brunt of the war, that they had no gold mines in the country to pay for a war, that they had only butter, cheese, and fish which they could and indeed must sell in order to continue the fight. Amsterdam merchants on another occasion reminded their critics that Holland was a warehouse where products brought from one region were briefly stored and sold in another region.

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