A Short History of the Netherlands Antilles and Surinam by Cornelis C. Goslinga

By Cornelis C. Goslinga

To English-speaking historians, the writer of this publication, a Dutchman who for a few years now reveals his base on the collage of Florida, turned popular whilst his The Dutch within the Caribbean and at the Wild Coast, 158~I680 used to be released in 1972. at the moment Professor Goslinga, who ahead of his educational occupation within the usa, lived for a longer interval in Cura~ao, Netherlands Antilles, had already bought a superior attractiveness between Dutch Caribbeanists via his manifold guides on social, political and maritime features of Dutch West Indian background. by way of his education, pursuits and current place, Dr. Goslinga would appear to me to be singularly well-equipped to jot down a entire historical past - geared to an English-speaking collage public - of what used to be often called the Netherlands West Indies. the current e-book is the fabricated from this expert gear and of his lengthy educating adventure. it may pass far in filling the outdated and huge hole in ancient info in this a part of the previous Dutch empire, and that i wish an both broad yet more youthful viewers will have fun with it.

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After their decisive victory in Solebay in 1une of r 672, the Dutch felt able to mount offensives of their own outside European waters, the location of each to be determined by the admiralty boards of the various provinces. The Zeelanders, well pleased with this arrangement, soon decided to outfit a fleet, both for the protection of Dutch colonies in the Western hemisphere and for the discomfiture of adjacent French and English ones. Privateering commissions were handed out and in both Holland and Zeeland people were quick to offer generous contributions to what had become a just cause.

After I62I, Dutch affairs in the Caribbean were officially under the supervision of the WIC, whose charter, in addition to the east and west coasts of America, included the west coast of Africa, and all existing Dutch settlements on both continents. The Company's executive board was called the Heren XIX or simply the XIX, and was composed of eight representatives from Amsterdam, four from Zeeland, two apiece from the three other districts, and the last member, number nineteen, representing the High and Mighty Lords of the States General.

Cura9ao, growing in importance as the slave trade burgeoned, was a strong competitor for the English companies, counterparts of the Dutch West India Company. " In January 1666, Dutch prospects were brightened by France's entry into the war against England. Although Louis XIV had been a nominal ally of the United Provinces since 1662, the French king was more anti-English than pro-Dutch. When he eventually did commit his nation to war, it was with the intention of converting Dutch losses in the Caribbean into French gains.

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