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6 October 2017

The Dutch East India Company (VOC)

Tasman was in dienst van de VOC, de Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie. In die tijd het grootste handelsbedrijf ter wereld, de eerste naamloze vennootschap (met vrij verhandelbare aandelen) en in zekere zin ook de eerste multinational. De VOC mocht bovendien handelsverdragen sluiten en sloeg haar eigen munten. Hoe kreeg dit bedrijf zo veel macht?

The first multinational

Founded in 1602, the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC) flourished and survived for two centuries. The company, a combination of commercial organisations in various cities of Holland and Zeeland, traded both in Asia and between Asia and Europe. It was the first public company to issue negotiable shares and it developed into one of the biggest and most powerful trading and shipping concerns. The VOC ran its own shipyards, the largest being in Amsterdam. This spectacular trade with Asia made the Dutch Republic the world’s key commercial hub.

 

<p>The oldest company logo in the world?</p>

The oldest company logo in the world?

Find out more about the VOC at the exhibition in The Hague: The World of the Dutch East India Company which has been prolongated until June 2018.