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Manifest of Cloth Loaded at Curaçao for New Netherland, July 20, 1661


Historical Context
The dominant role of the Dutch in the formation of a global trade network began with a series of events which took place in the early 17th century. In 1602, the Dutch East India Company was formed as a means of maximizing trade in the East. Seven years later, in 1609, an English explorer named Henry Hudson claimed a portion of the North American continent for the Dutch. Eventually, the Dutch West India Company was chartered in 1621 in an effort to expand Dutch trading opportunities to the Americas.
With an official investment in expanding trade westward, the Dutch began their domination of the transatlantic trade. Dutch trading ports were established along the South American coast, on Caribbean islands, and in the North American Dutch colony of New Netherland. The combination of these new trading ports with the established trading ports in the East gave the Dutch a vast network of global trade.
 
Essential Question
How did the system of transatlantic trade meet the basic needs of different Dutch colonial regions?
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Document Description
Manifest of cloth loaded at Curacao for New Netherland, July 20, 1661.
Translation
77 from the Curacao Papers
Manifest of the merchandise shipped by order of the honorable director Matthias Beck aboard the yacht Den New NetherlandsenIndiaen, with skipper Direck Jansen, consigned to the honorable lord director general and council in New Netherland, 20 July 1661 on the island of CuraçaoWas signed: L. van Ruyven
35 One chest containing40 pieces of coarse cloth
36 One ditto20 ditto
37 One ditto36 ditto
38 One ditto18 ditto
39 One ditto21 ditto
 135 pieces,
 2066 ells at 4 st. per ell f413, 4,–
40 One chest containing: 
1 piece of gray cloth, 16 ells at 3½ gl. per ellf56
1 piece of brown ditto, 20¼ ells at 42 st. per ellf42,10
4 pieces of blue ditto, together 83¼ ells at 42 st. per ellf174,16
 f273, 6,–
54 One case containing: 
1 piece of gray cloth, 15 ells at 63 st.f47,5
1 piece of black ditto, 19 ells at 5 gl. per ellf 95,–
1 piece of gray ditto, 30 ells at 63 stf94,10
1 piece of brown ditto, 40 ells at 42 stf84,–
2 pieces of baize, together 60¼ ells at 3¼ gl.f 195,16
317 ells of cassiovados at 13 st.f206,1
 f722,12
Totalf1409,2