Is the Dutch West India Company around today?
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The Dutch settled in Cape Town because of the ship trade routes around the Cape. This was the main route during the 1600's for the Dutch East Indian Company towards India and the rest of Asia. It was long before the Suez canal existed of course. Therefore there was a need for a halfway station in order to supply ships passing the Cape with fresh supplies. Scurvy was a massive problem and the Cape could…
Following Henry Hudson's exploration on behalf of the Dutch East India Company in 1609, the first Dutch settlers arrived in 1624 to set up trade with the natives. Beaver pelts (fur) were at the top of the list and in major demand in Europe and there were tons of beaver roaming all over the NY area (like rats, today). Peter Minuit purchased Manna-hata from the Lenape Indians two years later in 1626.
What was th dutch east India company supposed to get in return for paying for Henry Hudson's expedition?
The Company was supposed to get an easterly route, north of Siberia, to the Indies. Instead, Hudson turned west when he found the easterly route blocked by icefields above Norway, and tried to find a westerly route above today's Canada and Alaska. That route proved blocked by icefields as well, and Hudson went on to the bay that today carries his name, because Indian tribes had told him that the Pacific started behind the bay…
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