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Was the Dutch State independent when the Dutch East India Company was founded?

Recognition of independence is different from de facto independence. While the Dutch Republic was officially recognised as independent only in 1648, it was actually founded 80 years earlier by the ...
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Did any part of the Netherlands ever use this flag?

According to Wikipedia, this is the naval flag of the Netherlands' Secretary of Defense. This flag would be flown on a ship that the Dutch Secretary of Defense is using as a headquarters (also ...
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Why did the Dutch West India Company allow Quakers in the New Netherlands?

It was basically a business decision. The Dutch West India Company had a large financial stake in the success of the colony, and ensuring that new settlers were treated with "moderation" was seen as ...
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What universities existed in Dutch East Indies, and how available were they to the native population?

SHORT ANSWER In 1901, there were two higher education institutes but neither was, at the time, truly comparable to Dutch universities. The first genuine university-level education was not available ...
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Why were Indians able to free themselves of the European Colonialists unlike South Africans?

Following up on Tom's answer, there is actually a reason there was a large white minority in South Africa, but not in India. The Bantu peoples (of which most living native South Africans are ...
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Why were Indians able to free themselves of the European Colonialists unlike South Africans?

First of all, both India and South Africa became free of Britain, shortly after World War II, India in 1947, and South Africa in 1948. Your question appears to be, why didn't "indigenous" people in ...
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What was the reason for the Dutch attack on Venezuela in 1908?

The reason was colonialism and trade rights. For this same reason, the Dutch had already sent a ship in 1902, along Britain, Germany and Italy. In 1908, a second Venezuelan crisis occurred. ...
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Did the Dutch carry out trials for collaboration with the Japanese in the Dutch East Indies?

Yes, but this was a lot more complicated than in the Netherlands. During the war, the Dutch colonial government-in-exile in Australia founded the Temporal court-martials, who were tasked with ...
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Was the Dutch State independent when the Dutch East India Company was founded?

The Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, or VoC) was actually founded by the States General of the Netherlands. The States General themselves date back to the 15th century. ...
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Which juridical reasons led the Netherlands to lose control of the seas?

The Dutch lost control of the seas in spite of, not because of, their "juridical" strengths. They had a different, more enlightened view of the "Law of the Sea", which they were ultimately unable to "...
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How many ships did the fleet of the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) possess at its peak (around 1670)?

You'll essentially find a book-length answer to this question in Dutch Ships in Tropical Waters by Robert Parthesius (2010, Amsterdam University Press). Here's a key table (p. 90), showing that the ...
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What were Helfrich's orders for Doorman in 1942 prior to the Battle of the Java Sea, and did he comment on these in later life?

The following is sourced from a short magazine article 'Fall of the Dutch East Indies', by Lt.-Commander F.C. van Oosten, and doesn't fully address all aspects of the question, but is intended to ...
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What was the reason for the Dutch attack on Venezuela in 1908?

Just to add a little to explain the points in your question: what the "unfriendly acts" were: In March it seems he seized a Dutch vessel carrying official correspondence from the Governor of ...
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Which juridical reasons led the Netherlands to lose control of the seas?

I'm inclined to write an answer with a different tone to that of the other one: namely, the Dutch never had control of the seas and as such they couldn't lose it. The strategic options that a naval ...
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Was the Dutch State independent when the Dutch East India Company was founded?

De jure? No. The Republic of the United Netherlands became officially independent in 1648 at the Peace of Munster. De facto? Yes. The VOC was formed just before the 12 Year Truce, in which Spain ...
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Was the Dutch State independent when the Dutch East India Company was founded?

No. And the reason was that the founding of the Dutch East Indies Company was part of the fight for independence. In 1580, Portugal had become subject to the Spanish king in a so-called "personal ...
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Why did the French return all the Dutch Colonies to the Netherlands in Paris Treaty?

France was just being a good ally. A number of formerly Dutch holdings had been captured by Britain, and recaptured by France, who turned these islands back to the Dutch. France had been worried ...
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Was the Dutch State independent when the Dutch East India Company was founded?

In the first half of the 19th century various fur companies trapped and traded with Indians in the US west. I am not familiar with with the various companies but the companies were probably chartered,...
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Why did the Chinese not use military power to force out early Portuguese, Dutch and English trade encroachments?

  Chinese were technologically inferior but did drive Dutch back using superior numbers and acquired European technology It could be said that main Chinese ship type at the time was junk, ...
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How many Dutch lived in Indonesia during the colonial era vs native population?

In my experience of Indonesian historical education, which could often be described as 'propaganda', there is an emphasis on describing the Dutch as controlling Indonesia for 350 years. This is of ...
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What were Helfrich's orders for Doorman in 1942 prior to the Battle of the Java Sea, and did he comment on these in later life?

My intention is to accept this linked answer, but to have supporting evidence and further information provided in this one based on research and investigations done after I was pointed in the right ...
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