A novel of the Indies
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Frans van Rosevelt
Jan de Brasser is raised in his uncle’s drug store in Amsterdam; his father disappeared without a trace. He sees commercial opportunities everywhere. When he grows up, he signs up as a soldier for a commercial journey to the Far East. He ends up in Indonesia, starts trading, sets up a plantation, and trades some more. He increases his assets to the extent that he is able to return home as a prosperous man after 25 years.
Paints an accurate picture of live in the colonies, where the Dutch East Indian Company tries to enforce its monopoly on trading by hook or by crook. There is continuous struggle against foreign parties (esp. the English and the Portuguese), but also against its own employees and the native population.
Star Children, The Lady Tree, The Darkroom of Damocles, I Shall Maintain, Old Amsterdam, The Golden Tulip, The Coffee Trader, Snarleyyow, Rembrandt’s Whore, Van Rijn, The Glass Bridge, I am Rosemarie, The Drowning Room, The House of Windjammer, The Moneylender's Daughter, The Count of Talavera, Key of Gold, The Silent Sin, Tulip Fever, History of a Pleasure Seeker, The Cocaine Salesman
trade and commerce
Tulipomania, The Lady Tree, I Shall Maintain, Old Amsterdam, The Coffee Trader, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, The Free Negress Elisabeth, Nathaniel’s Nutmeg, The House of Windjammer, The Moneylender's Daughter, The Thousand Autumns of Jacbob de Zoet, Tulip Fever, History of a Pleasure Seeker, Niccolo Rising, The Cocaine Salesman
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