Author

Jur van Goor

Jur van Goor is professor emeritus at the University of Utrecht, where he taught in the history of colonialism and decolonisation. He has published several studies of Dutch colonialism, the last of these being Indische avonturen. Opmerkelijke ontmoetingen met een andere wereld (Adventures in the East Indies. Notable encounters with a different world, 2000). In 2015 he published Jan Pieterszoon Coen, 1587-1629. Koopman-koning in Aziƫ, a biography of VOC governor-general Pieterszoon Coen.

The Dutch Colonies

The Dutch Colonies

Geschiedenis van de Nederlandse expansie 1600-1975

(SDU Uitgevers, 1994, 400 pages)

In 1597 three Dutch merchantmen returned to Amsterdam from a far-flung voyage - a modest cargo of spices the richer and two-thirds of their crew the poorer. The first Dutch passage to India had been completed. This dramatic voyage earned the small Netherlands a large share of the European expansion, thus setting a crucial seal on world history.

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