The Moon has fascinated us for centuries and inspired countless legends. Let's…

Moon Phases and Phenomena [INFOGRAPHIC] The Moon has fascinated us for centuries and inspired countless legends. Let's look at the major lunar phases and phenomena—and the myths they've inspired.

March 20, 1602: The Dutch East India Company is founded.    The Dutch East India…

The Dutch East India Co. was richer and more powerful compared to the English East India Co., which resulted in Dutch East India Co. becoming dominant over Asian trade routes.

Dutch former Colonies, Asia, Dutch East Indies - This Day in History: Mar 20…

Dutch former Colonies, Asia, Dutch East Indies - This Day in History: Mar Dutch East India Company

Het Westerdeel van het Eyland Groot Java, 1718 / The western part of the island of Greater Java, 1718

Indonesian Independence, Antique Maps, The Western, Dutch East Indies, Javanese, Cartography, Vintage Pictures, Medieval, Charts

The large-scale map, Archipelagus Orientalis, sive Asiaticus (the Eastern and Asian archipelago), was created in 1663 by the master cartographer for the Dutch East India Company, Joan Blaeu.  It formed the basis for all other maps of New Holland and was used by Captain James Cook to complete the mapping of Australia in 1770.

Blaeu map Photo: Archipelagus Orientalis, sive Asiaticus was found in a storage facility in Sweden in (National Library of Australia).

Circa 1669 Formerly Batavia and the old headquarters of the Dutch East India Company. Note the palatial houses belonging to wealthy Dutch merchants. Many of the canals were disease ridden and many visiting ship's crews on their way home to Europe fell ill.

Formerly Batavia and the old headquarters of the Dutch East India Company. Note the palatial houses belonging to wealthy Dutch merchants. Many of the canals were disease ridden and many visiting ship's crews on their way home to Europe fell ill.

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