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Dutch Empire
Light green: territories administered by or originating from territories administered by the Dutch East India Company
Dutch East India Company
Dark green: territories administered by or originating from territories administered by the Dutch West India Company
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Dutch East India Company
The UNITED EAST INDIA COMPANY or the UNITED EAST INDIAN COMPANY, also known as the UNITED EAST INDIES COMPANY (Dutch : _VEREENIGDE OOST-INDISCHE COMPAGNIE_; or VERENIGDE OOSTINDISCHE COMPAGNIE in modern spelling; VOC), referred to by the British as the DUTCH EAST INDIA COMPANY, or sometimes known as the DUTCH EAST INDIES COMPANY, was originally established as a chartered company in 1602, when the Dutch government granted it a 21-year monopoly on the Dutch spice trade . A multinational company , it is also often considered to be the world's first truly transnational corporation . In the early 1600s, the VOC became the first company in history to issue bonds and shares of stock to the general public. In other words, the VOC was the world's first formally listed public company , because it was the first corporation to be ever actually listed on an official (formal) stock exchange
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Dutch West India Company
DUTCH WEST INDIA COMPANY (Dutch : _Geoctroyeerde Westindische Compagnie_, Dutch pronunciation: or Dutch : _GWIC_; English: Chartered West India Company) was a chartered company (known as the "WIC") of Dutch merchants as well as foreign investors. Among its founders was Willem Usselincx (1567–1647). On June 3, 1621, it was granted a charter for a trade monopoly in the West Indies (meaning the Caribbean) by the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands and given jurisdiction over Dutch participation in the Atlantic slave trade , Brazil , the Caribbean , and North America . The area where the company could operate consisted of West Africa (between the Tropic of Cancer and the Cape of Good Hope ) and the Americas , which included the Pacific Ocean and the eastern part of New Guinea
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Kingdom Of The Netherlands
The KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS (Dutch : _Het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden_; pronounced (_ listen ); Papiamento : Reino Hulandes_), commonly known as the NETHERLANDS, is a sovereign state and constitutional monarchy with territory in western Europe
Europe
and in the Caribbean
Caribbean
. The four parts of the kingdom—the Netherlands
Netherlands
, Aruba , Curaçao , and Sint Maarten —are constituent countries (_landen_ in Dutch ) and participate on a basis of equality as partners in the kingdom. In practice, however, most of the Kingdom affairs are administered by the Netherlands—which comprises roughly 98% of the Kingdom's land area and population—on behalf of the entire Kingdom
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Belgium
Coordinates : 50°50′N 4°00′E / 50.833°N 4.000°E / 50.833; 4.000 Kingdom of Belgium * _Koninkrijk België_ (Dutch ) * _Royaume de Belgique_ (French ) * _Königreich Belgien_ (German ) Flag Coat of arms MOTTO: "Eendracht maakt macht" (Dutch ) "L'union fait la force" (French ) "Einigkeit macht stark" (German ) "Unity makes Strength" ANTHEM: " La Brabançonne " Location of Belgium (dark green) – in Europe (green "> (green) Capital and largest city
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Brazil
Coordinates : 10°S 52°W / 10°S 52°W / -10; -52 Federative Republic of Brazil _República Federativa do Brasil_ (Portuguese ) _ Flag Coat of arms MOTTO: * Ordem e Progresso_ (Portuguese) * (English: "Order and Progress") ANTHEM: * _Hino Nacional Brasileiro _ * (English: "Brazilian National Anthem")* ------------------------- * FLAG ANTHEM: * _Hino à Bandeira Nacional_ * (English: "National Flag Anthem")* NATIONAL SEAL * _Selo Nacional do Brasil _ * National Seal of Brazil * CAPITAL Brasília 15°47′S 47°52′W / 15.783°S 47.867°W / -15.783; -47.867
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Ivory Coast
Coordinates : 8°N 5°W / 8°N 5°W / 8; -5 Republic of Côte d'Ivoire _République de Côte d'Ivoire_ (French ) Flag Coat of arms MOTTO: "Union – Discipline – Travail" (French ) "Unity – Discipline – Work" ANTHEM: _L\'Abidjanaise _ _Song of Abidjan _ Location of Ivory Coast (dark blue) in the African Union (light blue) CAPITAL
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France
FRANCE (locally ), officially the FRENCH REPUBLIC (_République française_ ), is a country with territory status in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories . The European, or metropolitan, area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea , and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean . The republic also includes French Guiana on the South American continent and several islands in the Atlantic , Pacific and Indian oceans. The country's 18 integral regions (5 of which are situated overseas) span a combined area of 643,801 square kilometres (248,573 sq mi) which, as of January 2017, has a total population of almost 67 million people. France is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris , the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre
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French Guiana
FRENCH GUIANA (pronounced /ɡiːˈɑːnə/ or /ɡiːˈænə/ , French : _Guyane française_; French pronunciation: ​ ), officially called GUIANA (French : _Guyane_), is an overseas department and region of France
France
, located on the north Atlantic coast of South America in the Guyanas . It borders Brazil
Brazil
to the east and south, and Suriname
Suriname
to the west. Its 83,534 km2 (32,253 sq mi) area has a very low population density of only 3 inhabitants per km², with half of its 244,118 inhabitants in 2013 living in the metropolitan area of Cayenne
Cayenne
, its capital
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Ghana
Coordinates : 7°49′N 1°03′W / 7.817°N 1.050°W / 7.817; -1.050 Republic of Ghana _ Flag Coat of arms MOTTO: "Freedom and Justice" ANTHEM: * God Bless Our Homeland Ghana _ * _ _ CAPITAL Accra 5°33′N 0°12′W / 5.550°N 0.200°W / 5.550; -0.200 OFFICIAL LANGUAGES English NATIONAL LANGUAGES * Asante Twi , Dagaare
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Guyana
Coordinates : 5°00′N 58°45′W / 5°N 58.75°W / 5; -58.75 Co-operative Republic
Republic
of Guyana _ Flag Coat of arms MOTTO: "One People, One Nation, One Destiny" ANTHEM: Dear Land of Guyana, of Rivers and Plains _ Capital and largest city Georgetown 6°46′N 58°10′W / 6.767°N 58.167°W / 6.767; -58.16
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India
INDIA, officially the REPUBLIC OF INDIA (_Bhārat Gaṇarājya_), is a country in South Asia . It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people ), and the most populous democracy in the world. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast. It shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China , Nepal , and Bhutan to the northeast; and Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives . India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia . The Indian subcontinent was home to the urban Indus Valley Civilisation of the 3rd millennium BCE
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Indonesia
Coordinates : 5°S 120°E / 5°S 120°E / -5; 120 Republic of Indonesia _Republik Indonesia_ (Indonesian ) _ Flag National emblem MOTTO: Bhinneka Tunggal Ika _ ( Old Javanese ) "Unity in Diversity" NATIONAL IDEOLOGY : _Pancasila _ ANTHEM: _ Indonesia Raya _ "Great Indonesia" Area controlled by
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Luxembourg
Coordinates : 49°45′N 6°10′E / 49.750°N 6.167°E / 49.750; 6.167 Grand Duchy
Grand Duchy
of Luxembourg * _Groussherzogtum Lëtzebuerg_ ( Luxembourgish
Luxembourgish
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Mauritius
Coordinates : 20°12′S 57°30′E / 20.2°S 57.5°E / -20.2; 57.5 Republic of Mauritius _République de Maurice_ (French ) _Repiblik Moris_ ( Mauritian creole ) Flag Coat of arms MOTTO: "Stella Clavisque Maris Indici" (Latin ) "Star and Key of the Indian Ocean" ANTHEM: _Motherland _ Islands of the Republic of Mauritius
Mauritius
(excluding Chagos Archipelago and Tromelin
Tromelin
Island) Islands of the Republic of Mauritius
Mauritius
labelled in black; Chagos Archipelago and Tromelin
Tromelin
are claimed by Mauritius
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United States
Coordinates : 40°N 100°W / 40°N 100°W / 40; -100 United States
United States
of America _ Flag Great Seal MOTTO: " In God We Trust " Other traditional mottos _ * " E pluribus unum " (
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