A Primer of Dutch Seventeenth Century Overseas Trade by D. W. Davies (auth.)

By D. W. Davies (auth.)

This quantity is an try and supply the yankee reader an concept of the level of the Dutch community of exchange within the 17th century. even if a few attempt is made to cartoon out, notwithstanding in short, the actions of the Dutch in numerous areas through the century, emphas1s has been put on their first front into those components in that interval. In each one quarter the products which the Netherlanders obtained were indicated in addition to the goods they traded for them. The association of the chapters demands a proof. scholars of Dutch heritage will think about Surat and Persia as a typical unit, and of Malabar and Ceylon, Japan and China, West Africa and Brazil as being different entities which one may clearly speak about jointly. i've got followed the extra seen 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 exchange connections among West Africa and Brazil, Surat and Persia, and so forth.

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There has seldom been as spectacular a sea battle as that which ensued, with both fleets of fighting ships crowded into the narrow Straits of Gibraltar. As DeJonge, Holland's historian of the sea, says, 'the booming cannon, the burning and exploding ships, the shouting of the sailors, the cries of the wounded and dying, the cheers of the victors,' produced a terrifying and awesome scene. The ship of the Spanish admiral drifted helplessly out of control until destroyed by the Spanish themselves.

The region had long been familiar to Netherlanders, for merchants from Brugge were on the Guinea coast in 1475, and by I 500 Flemings were in the sugar trade in the Canary Islands. Also, before 1540 the asiento or contractual arrangement for procuring African slaves for American colonies was in vogue, and the first holders of the asiento were Genoese and Flemings. Merchants from Amsterdam, passing by way of Portugal, put in at Sao Tome in 1562, and an Enkhuizen ship touched at the Canaries in 1571.

He therefore made haste to forbid trade with the Dutch, to confiscate their ships in Spanish harbors, to send the seamen to the galleys, and to imprison Dutch residents in Spain and the Spaniards who had dealings with them. In the year following these actions, in one sweep, all Dutch ships and properties in Spain were seized. The English also prohibited trade with Spain, but they were more eager to see the edicts against Spanish-Dutch trade enforced than they were to see the enforcement of their own regulations against trade in the Iberian peninsula.

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