Please note that this event has been cancelled.
In 1621, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) under the leadership of its Governor General Jan Pieterszoon Coen conquered the Banda Islands, securing the highly coveted nutmeg-monopoly for the Company. In the process, Coen’s soldiers killed, expelled or enslaved almost all of the islands’ 15,000 inhabitants. Often treated as an excess driven by the individual character of Coen as a military leader, this lecture will show how a decade of debates over the best ways to control land, labor and ecology prepared the ground for genocide. It will thus continue the lecture series’ theme of the relationship between the Dutch Republic’s highly urbanized commercial capitalism and the global countryside.
Part III of the lecture series will be held on April 29, 12pm to 1pm.