Dutch Harsh Treatment of EIC Traders

Despite being co-religionists, the Dutch proved to be particularly brutal in dealing with 'commercial competition' from their English counterparts. There was a brutal episode in Amboina where the English traders were captured, tortured and executed. The message was clear - competition was not welcome in the Spice Islands. The English East India Company retreated from the area unable to match the resources of the far better financed Dutch East India Company.

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