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Journal, Memorials and Letters of Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge

Security, Diplomacy and Commerce In 17th-Century Southeast Asia

Peter Borschberg (editor)

ISBN: 9789971695279

Publication Date: Aug 2015

Format: Hardback

Admiral Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge, a Director in the Rotterdam chamber of the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC), set sail from the Dutch Republic in 1605. After his return to the Netherlands he wrote a series of epistolary reports and memoranda. Here translated into English for the first time, this collection of treaties, reports and excerpts from Matelieff's travelogue will be of great interest to students of Southeast Asian and early colonial history.
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Admiral Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge, a Director in the Rotterdam chamber of the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC) for three decades during the early 17th century, set sail from the Dutch Republic in 1605. He launched an attack on Portuguese Melaka in 1606 and signed landmark treaties with the rulers of Johor (1606) and Ternate (1607). After his return to the Netherlands in the autumn of 1608 he wrote a series of epistolary reports and memoranda that were carefully studied by leading policy makers in the Republic, among them the renowned jurist Hugo Grotius, and Johan van Oldenbarnevelt.

These materials contributed to the formulation of early VOC policy for the Southeast Asian region in the period 1605?20, and they yield candid insights into key issues of trade, security and the diplomacy of regional polities and their relations with Spain and Portugal. Here translated into English for the first time, and presented with 70 illustrations and maps from the period, this collection of treaties, reports and excerpts from Matelieff's travelogue will be of great interest to students of Southeast Asian and early colonial history and of the history of international law.
Illustrations 70 illustrations & maps
Pages 688
Dimensions 257 x 178
Date Published 30 Aug 2015
Publisher NUS Press
Subject/s Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900   Asian history   Maritime history  
Peter Borschberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore and a Visiting Professor in Modern History at the University of Greifswald, Germany.

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