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Dutch East India Company

Dutch East India Company, trading company chartered by the Netherlands States General in 1602 and given a monopoly on all Dutch trade east of the Cape of Good Hope and west of the Strait of Magellan. The company functioned almost as an independent state, conquering territory and competing with other colonial countries. It was dissolved in 1798, its possessions coming directly under the authority of the Dutch state.

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