Dutch East India Company

Dutch East India Company was established in 1602 by the Netherlands. Originally set up to profit from the valuable spice trade, the Dutch East India Company quickly grew to become the number one trader of Asian goods in all of Europe.

At its height in the late 17th – early 18th centuries, the company had nearly 5,000 ships and had traded more than 2.5 million tons of goods from Asia. But, by the 19th century, the company went bankrupt.