image courtesy of Pictures From History | Licence: Public Domain
image courtesy of Pictures From History | Licence: Public Domain

A view of Colombo

Date

c.1850

Artist

Attributed to B van Lier

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Description

The Dutch East India Company (VOC) was set up in 1602 to gain a foothold in the East Indies (Indonesia) for the Dutch in the lucrative spice trade, which until that point was dominated by the Portuguese.

It was a chartered company granted a monopoly by the Dutch government to carry out colonial activities in Asia, including establishing colonies in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and India.

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Location

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Country