March 31, 2014

On this day March 31st

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

31 March, 1752 Dutch East Indian Company initial expedition into the interior of South Africa.

August Friedrich Beutler was employed by the Dutch East Indian Company to lead an exploration expedition into the Eastern Cape. Apart from valuable information gained from the interior during the eight months' long journey, the expedition found on this date survivors of the French ship Le Nécessaire at the Gourits River, which had been on a mission to explore possibilities of a French settlement at the eastern shore of Southern Africa.

The Dutch East India Company (Dutch: Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie, VOC, "United East India Company") was a chartered company established in 1602, when the States General of the Netherlands granted it a 21-year monopoly to carry out colonial activities in Asia. It is often considered to have been the first multinational corporation in the world [2] and it was the first company to issue stock.[3] It was also arguably the first mega-corporation, possessing quasi-governmental powers, including the ability to wage war, imprison and execute convicts,[4] negotiate treaties, coin money, and establish colonies.


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