Dutch Ships in Tropical Waters
Dutch Ships in Tropical Waters
The Development of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) Shipping Network in Asia 1595-1660
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Table of contents - 6 Foreword - 10 1. Introduction - 12 2. The database and methodology - 16 3. The Dutch expansion in Asia up to 1660 - 32 4. Connecting the Asian regions: The trading and shipping network in operation after 1620 - 52 5. The development of the VOC fleet - 66 6. The shipping and logistics in operation - 96 7. Knitting all the threads together: the logistics of the network - 114 8. An analysis of the development of VOC shipping in Asia until 1660 - 126 9. Fleets per region - 146 10. Conclusions - 164 Notes - 174 References - 180 List of vessels in service during the period 1596-1660 - 190 Index - 212

Robert Parthesius

Dutch Ships in Tropical Waters

The Development of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) Shipping Network in Asia 1595-1660

The end of the 16th century saw Dutch expansion in Asia, as The Dutch East India Company (the VOC) was fast becoming an Asian power, both political and economic. By 1669, the VOC was the richest private company the world had ever seen. This landmark study looks at perhaps the most important tool in the Company’ trading - its ships. In order to reconstruct the complete shipping activities of the VOC, the author created a unique database of the ships' movements, including frigates and other, hitherto ingored, smaller vessels. Parthesius’s research into the routes and the types of ships in the service of the VOC proves that it was precisely the wide range of types and sizes of vessels that gave the Company the ability to sail – and continue its profitable trade - the year round. Furthermore, it appears that the VOC commanded at least twice the number of ships than earlier historians have ascertained. Combining the best of maritime and social history, this book will change our understanding of the commercial dynamics of the most successful economic organization of the period.

Robert Parthesius

Robert Parthesius is a naval historian and director of the Centre for International Heritage Activities in Leiden.