1565, Apr 21599, Sep 1
a Dutch explorer who discovered a new sea route from Europe to Indonesia and managed to begin the Dutch spice trade. At the time, the Portuguese Empire held a monopoly on the spice trade, and the voyage was a symbolic victory for the Dutch, even though the voyage itself was a disaster. Houtman was also a spy, having worked against the Portuguese by bringing back to the Netherlands privileged nautical information obtained during his stay in Portugal.
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04/02/1595-Cornelis de Houtman's ships depart Amsterdam to Asia through Cape of Good Hope
06/27/1596-Cornelis de Houtman's fleet reaches Banten, Java
09/05/1596-Dutch fleet commander Cornelis de Houtman taken hostage in Bantam, Java
06/24/1597-Cornelis de Houtman's fleet reaches Bantam, West Java 
08/14/1597-Cornelis de Houtman's fleet is first Dutch visit to Java 
03/25/1598-Cornelis de Houtman's fleet departs for East-Indies 
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