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Dutch West India Company

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  • Albert Gerritsz Wedda (c.1620 - d.)
  • Willem Usselincx (1567 - 1647)
    Willem Usselincx (1567–1647) was a Flemish merchant, investor and diplomat who was instrumental in drawing both Dutch and Swedish attention to the importance of the New World. Usselincx was one of the ...
  • Samuel Blommaert (1583 - 1651)
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  • Willem Kieft (1597 - 1647)
    Willem Kieft was a Dutch merchant and director-general of New Netherland (of which New Amsterdam, later New York City, was the primary settlement), from 1638 until 1647. He formed the council of twelve...
  • Wouter van Twiller (1606 - 1654)
    Director of New Netherland In office 1633–1638 Zie Wikipedia... See Wikipedia just one of the patents granted him this would be land near what became Stuyvesant's Bowery No. 1 GG 23 PATEN...

Dutch West India Company (Dutch: Geoctroyeerde Westindische Compagnie or GWIC; English: Chartered West India Company) was a chartered company (known as the "WIC") of Dutch merchants. Among its founding fathers was Willem Usselincx (1567-1647). On June 2, 1621, it was granted a charter for a trade monopoly in the West Indies (meaning the Caribbean) by the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands and given jurisdiction over the African slave trade, Brazil, the Caribbean, and North America. The area where the company could operate consisted of West Africa (between the Tropic of Cancer and the Cape of Good Hope) and the Americas, which included the Pacific Ocean and the eastern part of New Guinea. The intended purpose of the charter was to eliminate competition, particularly Spanish or Portuguese, between the various trading posts established by the merchants. The company became instrumental in the Dutch colonization of the Americas.

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  • Samuel Blommaert, Flemish-Dutch merchant and director of the Dutch West India Company
  • Willem Kieft, Dutch merchant and director of New Netherland
  • Willem Usselincx, Flemish merchant, investor and diplomat, one of the founding fathers of the Dutch West India Company