Today is the 400th year anniversary of the chartering of the Dutch West Indies Company. Its aim was establishing and running monopolistic commerce in the Americas, including the Caribbean and in West Africa.
It complemented the Dutch East Indies Company that was formed 19 years prior and focused on spice trade from Southeast Asia.
The West Indies Company ceased to exist in 1792, but some of its possessions continue to be under Dutch control. They are tourist destination nowadays in the Caribbean: Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten.
Here is a lovely map of the Caribbean region by Ottens from 1730.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
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