129. Business plan

As early as 1614, Jan Pieterszoon Coen put his vision of a VOC empire in Asia on paper. He wanted to extort monopolies by means of violence, create colonies and intervene more in the commerce between Asiatic countries. At that time Coen was still the accountant general in Bantam and Jayakarta but dispatched his business plan directly to the Heren Zeventien. Later, when he had become governor-general, Coen was in a position where he could put his ideas into practice.

Jan Pieterszoon Coen writing about the condition of the VOC in the East Indies
Archief VOC, inv. no. 4788