The VOC, the East Indies and Multatuli

Two of the spices that most interested the Dutch East India Company were nutmeg, the seed of the nutmeg tree, and mace, the red covering of the nut; photo credit Yogita Mehra

Technically the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, the Dutch East India Company, (VOC) existed from 1602-1798.  After the company was dissolved, the area that it had controlled became the Dutch East Indies, directly administered by the Dutch government.

The former headquarters of the Dutch East India Company, now part of the University of Amsterdam.  Photo credit.

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Multatuli was the pen name of Eduard Dekker (1820-1887), a minor official in the Dutch East Indies, who published the novel Max Havelaar (1862) to expose the corruption and exploitation of the Dutch colonial regime in the East Indies.

Monument to Multatuli on the Torensteeg Bridge over the Singel Canal in Amsterdam.  Photo credit wikimedia commons

Multatuli Links