The VOC (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) or Dutch East India Company was a chartered company established in 1602, when the States-General of the Netherlands granted it a 21-year monopoly to carry out trading and colonial activities in Asia.

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Amsterdam Canal Ring Prinsengracht 191 is an old VOC warehouse
Cape Floral Region Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens . "Surrounded by manicured lawns and orderly garden beds is a straggling, tangled thicket of shrubs. As botanical specimens they are unremarkable but they are, in fact, the remains of a hedge planned in 1660. Jan van Riebeeck, the commander of the Dutch East India Company, commandeered a group of French shipwreck refugees, who had been en route for Madagascar to plant the hedge. Consisting of wild almond trees and other thorny shrubs it was designed to try to keep the local indigenous people (whose livestock routes had been disrupted by the company's newly established Cape Town settlement) out and stop them from raiding the company's cattle."
Melaka and George Town In 1641 "After the conquest of Melaka, the Dutch merely took over the infrastructure left behind by the Portuguese. They occupied the fortress, A Famosa and renamed it Porta de Santiago. The coat of arms of the Dutch East India Company and the date 1670 were engraved on the gate. " (Nom File)
Old Town of Galle The town layout and Fort are creations of the VOC. The old gate of the Fort has a VOC coat of arms above it and the Maritime Museum is situated in an old VOC warehouse
Robben Island Via the Dutch East India Company "In 1652 Jan Van Riebeeck, working for the Dutch East India Company, saw in the island an important refueling site on the trading route between Western Europe and India. Sailors began to stop on the island in order hunt seals for fresh meat and to trade with locals for cattle and sheep. This refreshment of supplies was important in order to avoid such deadly diseases as scurvy and dysentery. Throughout the 1650?s and 60?s the island became more and more popular. Dutch sailors began to colonize the island, mining stone for buildings and lighting warning fires at night in order to keep boats from running ashore on the islands rocky coast. settlers. " Until 1795.


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