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March 20, 1602: The Dutch East India Company is founded. The Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-indische Compagnie) was founded through the sponsorship of the Dutch government, who granted it a monopoly over trade in the East Indies through a charter that was set to expire after twenty-one years. The company could, through this charter, build forts and conduct military and diplomatic activities in the area, which would help to protect and direct Dutch trade in the East Indies

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1977 Treinkaping De Punt door Molukkers... Ik zag het als kind op televisie en ondanks dat ik niet wist wat de achtergrond en het motief van de kapers was, vond ik ze toch zielig en schokte het me toen ze neergeschoten werden. Iets wat veel indruk heeft gemaakt.

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Fabienne Delvigne millinery: King Philippe of Belgium and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands of The Netherlands during a lunch hosted by the Dutch government in the Ridderzaal on November 29, 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands. Vitalis is supported by the Oranje Foundation and guide young vulnerable people (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/pool/Getty Images)

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Now I'm curious to check what this is about. Thanks to Hetalia I've become a history geek XD

Now I'm curious to check what this is about. Thanks to Hetalia I've become a history geek XD

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King Philippe of Belgium and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands of The Netherlands during a lunch hosted by the Dutch government in the Ridderzaal on...

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King Philippe of Belgium and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands of The Netherlands during a lunch hosted by the Dutch government in the Ridderzaal on November 29, 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands. Vitalis is supported by the Oranje Foundation and guide young vulnerable people

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an anonymous 16th Century Portrait of a Man with a Dog (recently returned by Dutch government to Jewish family from whom it was stolen by Nazis)

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