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Manifest of Goods Aboard the Nieuw Amstel, May 16, 1659

MANIFEST of goods loaded aboard the Nieuw Amstel bound for New Netherland
Document Description
Inventory of the Caribbean Muscovado Sugar,  May 16, 1659.
48a from the Curacao Papers
Inventory of the Caribbean muscovado sugar sent aboard the galiot Nieuw Amstel to the honorable lord director-general Petrus Stuyvesant in New Netherland for the account of the honorable lords directors at the chamber of Amsterdam, with the distinguishing marks and following numbers:
No.   1 barrel weighinggross935 lb., tare 100 lb.
No. 2   One barrelgross308 lb., tare 80 lb.
No. 3   One barrelgross446 lb., tare 80 lb.
No. 4   One barrelgross430 lb., tare 80 lb.
No. 5   One barrelgross799 lb., tare 44 lb.
No. 6   One barrelgross1106 lb., tare 80 lb.
No. 7   One barrelgross255 lb., tare 26 lb.
 Gross4279 lb., tare 490 lb.
 Tare490 lb.
 Net3789 lb.
Curaçao in FortAmsterdam, the 16th of May 1659 M. Beck
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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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