Help!!! The Grammy nominated Dutch Metropole Orchestra (Al Jarreau - Vince Mendoza) is forced by the Dutch government to end its 67 year old existence. Please sign the petition to keep the Orchestra alive! Thank you!!
March 20, 1602: The Dutch East India Company is founded. The Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-indische Compagnie) was founded through the sponsorship of the Dutch government, who granted it a monopoly over trade in the East Indies through a charter that was set to expire after twenty-one years. The company could, through this charter, build forts and conduct military and diplomatic activities in the area, which would help to protect and direct Dutch trade in the East Indies