Today in History - December 31st. 1799 - Defunct of the Dutch East Indian Company

The Dutch East Indian Company (in Dutch: Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie
VOC) was established on March 20th. 1602.

own picture replica of a VOC Ship in Amsterdam 

The VOC is often considered as the first multinational of the world. The 
company even used stocks!

It was a powerful company who could make war to establish colonies.
They had their own coins and ways to negotiate treaties.

Their beautiful headquarters were located in Amsterdam.

This ended all with a defunct on December 31st. 1799, 
due to corruption.

Although it is not a nice post, I'd like to wish you all a very happy 
New Year's Eve.
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