146 | Treasures depicted

Cloves, cinnamon, tea and pepper: this was the most significant and precious merchandise of the VOC. In the first part of this Beschrijving van Oost-Indische gewassen (‘Description of East Indian Flora’), these treasures are described in great detail with beautiful illustrations in colour. Here we see a drawing of the clove plant. East Indian Flora Approximately 1710 Aanwinsten Eerste Afdeling

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145 | Exotic animals depicted

In the second part of Beschrijving van Oost-Indische gewassen (‘Description of East Indian Flora’), a few animals are depicted, such as the armadillo and the hornbill. VOC ships brought some of these animals to the Netherlands where they attracted much curiosity. East Indian Fauna Approximately 1710 Aanwinsten Eerste Afdeling Algemeen Rijksarchief, inv. no. 150B  

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136 | Do not despair

‘Do not despair, do not spare your enemies, there is nothing in the world that will stand in our way … something monumental can be achieved in the Indies!’ The end of this letter to the Heren Zeventien give the words that became the motto of Coen. Resolute words from governor-general Coen 29 September 1618 Archief VOC, inv. no. 1068

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