By D. W. Davies (auth.)
This quantity is an try and provide the yankee reader an concept of the level of the Dutch community of exchange within the 17th century. even supposing a few attempt is made to caricature out, notwithstanding in short, the actions of the Dutch in a number of areas through the century, emphas1s has been put on their first front into those parts in that interval. In every one sector the products which the Netherlanders acquired were indicated in addition to the goods they traded for them. The association of the chapters demands a proof. scholars of Dutch heritage will ponder Surat and Persia as a average unit, and of Malabar and Ceylon, Japan and China, West Africa and Brazil as being different entities which one may obviously talk about jointly. i've got followed the extra visible nationwide divisions, Persia, India, Japan, Brazil, etc., as being extra simply com prehensible for the informal reader. in the chapters i've got then defined the exchange connections among West Africa and Brazil, Surat and Persia, and so forth.
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It was Flatfoot's contention that if ships passed north of Novaya Zemlya, they would find clear sailing in an open sea. The merchants and officials of the Dutch cities interested in exploring a passage to the north listened to the opposing theories of de Moucheron and of Flatfoot and studied the voyages of the Englishmen, Willoughby, Pet, Jackman, and others. The decision fmally reached by them was of a type cherished in academic circles, for it was found that the theories of both Flatfoot and de Moucheron were of such undoubted excellence that an expedition ought to be fitted out to sail both north and south of N ovaya Zemlya.
He was then to sail to Danzig where he was to deliver it to the representatives of the said merchants, and then within three weeks he was to return to Amsterdam with as much wheat or rye as was delivered to him at Danzig. The sight of empty ships going southward was painful to the Dutch, and they soon discovered ways to fill the cargo holds. Herring cargoes were sold in Baltic ports, and grain loaded for the Spanish or Portuguese cities. In these cities the grain was sold and salt loaded for Dutch ports.
The principal enterprise was, of course, whaling. At first the Dutch knew little of the business. Harpooners, flensers, even the men who boiled the blubber were Basques, a people who had been whalers for hundreds of years. In season, on the spot most frequented, blossomed the village of Smeerenburg, or Blubbertown, which at its height in the years I6I7I624 counted a thousand inhabitants, bakers, peddlers, and whaling men. When whales became scarce on Spitsbergen, they were sought elsewhere, and in time more whale oil was gotten near the shores of Jan Mayen-eiland than in the bays of Spitsbergen.
A Primer of Dutch Seventeenth Century Overseas Trade by D. W. Davies (auth.)