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Admiral Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge, a Director in the Rotterdam chamber of the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC) for three decades during the early 17th Century, set sail from the Dutch Republic in 1605. He launched an attack on Portuguese Melaka in 1606 and signed landmark treaties with the rulers of Johor (1606) and Ternate (1607). After his return to the Netherlands in the autumn of 1608 he wrote a series of epistolary reports and memoranda that were carefully studied by leading policy makers in the Republic, among them the renowned jurist Hugo Grotius, and Johan van Oldenbarnevelt. These materials contributed to the formulation of early VOC policy for the Southeast Asian region in the period 1605‒20, and they yield candid insights into key issues of trade, security and the diplomacy of regional polities and their relations with Spain and Portugal. Here translated into English for the first time, this collection of treaties, reports and excerpts from Matelieff's travelogue will be of great interest to students of Southeast Asian and early colonial history and of the history of international law.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Map, Copyright
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xvii-xxviii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xxix-xxx
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  1. Timeline
  2. pp. xxxi-xxvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xxxvii-xxxix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-138
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  1. Letters Written at Banten in January 1608 - Document II: Advice by Admiral Matelieff to Admiral Paul van Caerden, dated 4 January 1608
  2. pp. 231-244
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  1. Document III: Letter by Admiral Matelieff to the Next Admiral Arriving from Europe, dated 28 January 1608
  2. pp. 245-250
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  1. Epistolary Memorials - Document IV: Discourse on the State of the East Indies, dated 12 November 1608
  2. pp. 251-279
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  1. Document VI: Comments on the Trade Conducted with the East Indies from these United Provinces, 16 January 1609
  2. pp. 309-320
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  1. Document VII: Letter of Matelieff to Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, dated 18 May 1609
  2. pp. 321-334
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  1. Document VIII: Discourse on the State and Trade of the Indies, written by Admiral Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge, c. June 1607
  2. pp. 335-343
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  1. Document IX: Memorial of Admiral Matelieff to Hugo Grotius and Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, dated 31 August 1610
  2. pp. 344-352
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  1. Private Letters to Hugo Grotius - Document X: Letter by Admiral Matelieff to Grotius, dated 14 December 1613
  2. pp. 353-360
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  1. Document XI: Letter by Admiral Matelieff to Grotius, dated 27 April 1615
  2. pp. 361-366
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  1. Document XII: Letter by Admiral Matelieff to Grotius, dated 3 May 1615
  2. pp. 367-369
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  1. Document XIII: Letter by Admiral Matelieff to Grotius, dated 3 March 1616
  2. pp. 370-378
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  1. Supplementary Documents - Document I: Instructions of the Gentlemen XVII to Admiral Matelieff and his Broad Council, 1605
  2. pp. 379-396
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  1. Document II: Treaty between Vice-Admiral Olivier de Vivere and Ali Ri'ayat Shah of Aceh, dated 16 January 1607
  2. pp. 397-400
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  1. Document IV: Treaty between Admiral Matelieff and Sultan Modafar of Ternate and His Council, dated 26 May 1607
  2. pp. 421-424
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  1. Document V: Letter from Master Gabriel Towerson, Chief Factor of the Honourable East India Company at Banten, to his Brother, dated 30 April 1607 (Old Style)
  2. pp. 425-434
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  1. Document VI: Instructions of the Gentlemen XVII to Company Servants in Africa and Asia, dated 11 April 1608
  2. pp. 435-440
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  1. Document VIII: Treaty of Samuel Bloemaert with Sebua Tangan Pangeran Adipati of Sambas, dated 1 October 1609
  2. pp. 446-448
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  1. Document IX: Letter by Ala'uddin Ri'ayat Shah and Raja Bongsu of Johor to Stadholder Prince Maurice, dated 8 December 1609
  2. pp. 449-450
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  1. Document X: Original Dutch Captions on the 1606 Map of Melaka in the Bibliotheque nationale de France (BNF)
  2. pp. 451-454
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  1. Appendices: Glossary of Non-geographic Terms, Currencies, Measures and Commodities
  2. pp. 455-525
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  1. List of Place Names and Geographic Terms
  2. pp. 526-585
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 586-609
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 610-658
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  1. Tip-in Map
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789971698232
Related ISBN
9789971695279
MARC Record
OCLC
1016758934
Pages
688
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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