The 200-year struggle between the Portuguese Crown, the Dutch East India Company and the English East India Company for supremacy in the Eastern Seas.
In 1497 Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope, his small Portuguese fleet reached India and became the first Europeans to sail the Eastern Seas. Over the next 100 years the Portuguese spread their trading network in search of spices, sandalwood, silks, gold, silver, porcelains and other oriental goods, extending from India to China and Japan, and as far east as the Moluccas and Timor in the eastern end of the Indonesian Archipelago.
In 1595 and 1601 respectively, the first Dutch and English trading expeditions rounded the Cape of Good Hope. Soon the trading monopoly held by the Portuguese Crown was being challenged by the Dutch East India Company, then the English East India Company, the world's first joint stock and multi-national trading companies.
Over the next 250 years, the struggle for supremacy between the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the English was to range across the Eastern Seas to the settlements of Goa, Malacca, Ambon, Macao, Canton, Nagasaki, Solor, Batavia, Macassar, Johor and Singapore. Beginning in Malacca, one of the world's largest trading ports in the 16th century, this book follows the trade winds, the trade routes, and the port cities across the East Indies and the Orient. It finishes with the founding of Singapore and Hong Kong, which became some of the world's largest trading ports in the 20th century.
Size: 24 x 18 x 1.4 cm, 240 pp, 100 colour plates, 580 gm
Ian Burnet has spent some 30 years living, working and travelling in Indonesia and is fascinated by the diverse history and culture of the archipelago. His passion is reflected in his highly informative and well-researched books, Spice Islands; East Indies;Archipelago - A Journey Across Indonesia; and Where Australia Collides with Asia.