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Title:Dutch Navigation of the East African Coast
Author:Halls, C.
Periodical:Tanzania Notes and Records
Geographic terms:East Africa
Subjects:maritime transport
History and Exploration
Abstract:The East African coast does not seem to have held much interest for the Dutch merchants of the United East India Company (V.0.C.). The reasons for this apparent disregard of the whole eastern coast of the African continent may be found in the general history of Dutch commercial expansion in the East. The available evidence suggests that daring the early years of the 17th century the Dutch were interested only in Mozambique and Pemba Island because of the strategic importance of these territories. Although after Hendrik Brouwer's discovery, in 1610, of the Southern Indian Ocean route to the Indies the number of Dutch vessels passing the E, A. coast declined, from 1652 to 1690 Delagoa Bay became the focal interest of the Cape settlers. Madagascar and Zanzibar became slave trade markets. In the 18th century the obstruction of the Arab governor of Zanzibar, the French compentition, and in general the decline of the once mighty Company deterred the Dutch from proceeding to the East African coast. Bibliography; notes; map.