32 | Territory covered by the charter

This chart shows the territory where only the VOC was permitted to trade on behalf of the States-General: east of Africa and west of South America. It paints an impressive picture of the incredible size of the area where the company was active; from the Cape of Good Hope to Japan. The territory covered by the VOC charter Anonymous, approximately

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12 | VOC charter

An impressive seal and precious parchment; the VOC charter is a significant document and a prominent document in the Nationaal Archief collections. It granted the VOC the monopoly of trading with Asia. The Early Companies – Dutch companies which were already trading with the East Indies before 1602 – are amalgamated in the VOC from 20 March 1602. The creation

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