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15631621
the first admiral of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). He made three visits to the East Indies, spending six years in all there. He was appointed to the Raad van Indiƫ. Van der Hagen protested against the harsh administration of the administrators, who wanted a monopoly on the clove trade and were willing to fight against their Spanish, Portuguese, English or Asiatic trade competitors in order to get it. Laurens Reael and Steven van der Hagen wrote with disapproval on how the Heren XVII treated the interests and laws of the Maluku population.
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12/18/1603-Admiral Steven van der Hagen's fleet departs to East-Indies 
12/31/1604-Admiral Steven van der Hagen's fleet reaches Bantam 
02/25/1605-Portuguese garrison on Ambon surrenders to Admiral Steven van der Hagen 
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