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The Dutch Shipping Trade of the 1600's

The Coffee Trader: Early Winter 2009 Reading Group

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Edited: Jan 20, 2009, 1:42am Top

A very mini history lesson about The Rise of the Dutch Shipping Trade in the 1600's

The rise of the Dutch Shipping Trade in the 1600's was due to a variety of factors.

Spain had posed a deep threat to the Dutch and were at war. There was a 12 year truce in which the Dutch organized themselves. When the war was resumed, Spain did not gain any further headway.

In the early 1600's, the first Dutch ship returned from India with silk, gold, copper, textiles, spices, coffee, tea and sugar. Eventually, this cargo also extended to a huge trade in slaves.

With the tripling of the population of 30,000 people in 1565 to 100,000 people in 1630, the shipping trade boomed. Between the heavy desire to purchase these goods, immigrants were willing to work risky jobs for high salaries or goods on the seas.

The Golden Age is named for the Dutch period of the 16th – 17th Centuries, because the shipping escalated the economics and the development of the country. This continued until a variety of factors slowed this growth, most notably the English desire for power and wealth required all goods to arrive in (mostly) English ships to England and a war which the English started in the 1650's to break this mercantile powerhouse of the Dutch.


A Social History of England
by Asa Briggs (page 161)

World History at KMLA

Doncker Sea Atlas of 1659

Charter of the Ship Eyckenboom
**Recommended, Adobe Acrobat or Reader Required

Productivity changes in shipping in the Dutch Republic
Starts off dry, but scroll to the mid-section to read the historical analysis of the shipping trade which supports the graphs and analysis of the trade.
*Adobe Acrobat or Reader Required

All About "De Bonteke"

Research which includes...
The land and maritime environmental history of St. Helena under the East India Company 1659-1834

The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas
(Got to page 33 and read to page 35 to learn about trade during the era and with the companies discussed in the book)

The Dutch Economy in the Golden Age (16th – 17th Centuries)
*Go about halfway down the article to start reading about shipping

Jan 22, 2009, 3:51pm Top

Thank you so much for this information and the references. I also want to thank the reader who placed the music on this site.

I only joined LT one month ago, and am just barely finished to listing my books. Also started the Coffee Trader, but as usually, some other good books came along, all due to suggestions for LT.

I truely appreciate this background information about the book that I am enjoying. Tahnks again. And I'll try to contribute in the future.

Jan 22, 2009, 4:23pm Top

Thanks for the kind words catarina1!

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Jan 22, 2009, 5:15pm Top

Thanks for doing that research vintage! I was wondering why the Dutch were known for their trade when (as the novel says) its port was so treacherous.

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