Abstract

This article is intended to show that the archives of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) at the General State Archives (ARA), The Hague, The Netherlands, are a rich source of information on seventeenth century Burma. Because this unearthed data is mostly about commerce, this paper deals with the VOC s trade with Burma. What has come to light is that the Dutch factories in Burma were an important and integral part of the VOC s network of trade, seeing that the profits helped to fund the purchase of Indian textiles that were the backbone of much of the Dutch inter-Asian trade. The Dutch, moreover, sold Burmese export products profitably from Persia to Japan and Holland. In the end, the VOC s establishment in Burma became the victim of a general change in Dutch fortunes when forces in both Europe and the Far East began working against the Dutch East India Company.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2010-314X
Print ISSN
1094-799X
Pages
pp. 1-109
Launched on MUSE
2011-03-30
Open Access
No
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