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II Themes, 14 Trade, Chartered Companies, and Mercantile Associations

Koen Stapelbroek

From: The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Edited By: Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 03 February 2023

International trade — Development — Corporations — Colonization / Decolonization
On the morning of 25 February 1603, the Portuguese carrack ‘Santa Catarina’ was seized off the coast of Singapore by three ships of the United Amsterdam Company, falling under the command of Jacob van Heemskerk. In September 1604, the ship and its cargo were sentenced forfeited by the Amsterdam Admiralty Court and confiscated by the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC).1 The latter had been established by state charter in March 1602 on the foundations of the Amsterdam Company and other ‘pre-companies’.2 In the aftermath of the...
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